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Exercise for the Church

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,  even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you…But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

John 14:16-17, 26

Diet & Exercise

No matter how many fads come and go in the personal fitness industry, one reality remains constant…personal fitness always comes down to diet and exercise. Certainly, the kinds of diet and the kinds of exercise come and go. But physical fitness will always be a function of those two things.

When it comes to church health, the same is true. Through every generation and all the variations of worship and programming and metrics, a church’s “fitness” is still–and always will be–a function of diet and exercise. To the church, “diet” is about how it receives, hears, studies, and contemplates the Word of God. “Exercise”, then, is all the ways it mobilizes those scriptural truths. That is, how it becomes “doers” of the Word. But in both cases, diet and exercise, the critical catalyst for the church is God’s Spirit working in and through us.

What We Take for Granted

I often wonder how much we, the church, take for granted the miracle of the manifest presence of God’s Spirit among us. I wonder if we have any idea how amazing and wonderful and, frankly, unimaginable it would have seemed for most of the heroes of the Bible to have God’s very Spirit living within them on a day-in, day-out basis. Even the men sitting with Jesus as he spoke these very words would …

Church Unity is Not a Program

Tuesday Re-mix – This is a popular post from last year, updated and resubmitted for your consideration and comments.

Church unity is not merely a program.  The church in South Africa understands this.

That, I think, is the biggest difference I have noticed between the church in South Africa and the church in America.  From my very first trip there with a team of teacher/facilitators, overviewing the Five Principles of Unity, I noticed that the teaching was received just a little differently than we ordinarily experience.  That first trip, we did conferences in 14 churches in Cape Town, just like we often do when we take our conferences “on the road” into other countries.  The people were engaged and attentive, as is often the case.  But it was the discussion after the conferences that was different.

When looking into what our ministry does with churches, I often have pastors and church leaders ask something along the lines of “How does this program work?”  The implication is that it is some kind of well-contained magical seminar that can bring unity to a church in 5 easy steps.  And after a few hours of conference, there are often comments of gratitude and such for an entertaining, engaging conference.  All of this happens despite our warnings that the Bible’s guidance for preserving the unity of the Spirit is no easy task and cannot be learned in a 4-hour conference.  Rather, it will take a deliberate commitment on the part of the church body to make some significant changes in their lives and in how they handle relationships.

dietBut I often find that churches (and this is particularly true of the church in America) are not really seeking after changed lives.  They are seeking entertainment and maybe even challenging teaching, but they’re not …