Attendee-ship or discipleship

Much that Christians
Call discipleship
Simply says,
“Come be
A church attendee
Like me.”

Atendee-ship sinks. Discipleship sails through even the worst storms.

Christian discipleship launches Christ-like spiritual heroes. Christian attendee-ship sinks people into spiritual purposelessness. The mask that blocks spiritual growth is the one people wear over their heart. If mega churches produced mega discipleship, God’s love would fill the world!

Churches measure their success by their ability to create regular attendees, not by how many people they train to daily obey Jesus. Jesus doesn’t want a fan club that hears talks about Him, but a training camp that creates athletes who win spiritual victories.

Programmed Christianity is like programmed friendship–routine and shallow. Surely God is worthy of more from you than Sunday church attendance.

Church is a religious meeting that requires nothing from its attendees–no action, learning, commitment, courage, or sacrifice. No matter how good your attendance at church, church will never graduate you and freely release you into God’s spiritual workforce.

Church is a difficult place to fit into if you’re passionate about daily following and obeying the risen Jesus. Most sermons, instead of trying to directly connect people to the living Jesus, attempt to tell people what to think.

In the Bible, Jesus called disciples, not attendees. He never said, “Come and attend my service.”

Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” He didn’t say, “Have perfect attendance in church.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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