Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of Billy Graham who pastors a church in Florida, has written an excellent post on the church being the church and not just doing church.  He quotes Os Guinness from a book called the Devil’s Gauntlet in which it says, “The ultimate factor in the church’s engagement with society is the church’s engagement with God.”  Wow.  Tullian also writes of an experience he had when he was young of watching those on a Sunday worshipping God and had never left him since.  It makes you think that in all our planning and programs at church (while they are important) has it diminished the fact that God has saved us to enjoy and worship Him.  Structure and planning are important, and I think they are of tremendous value to a church.  However, we need to remember that the deepest needs of the church are not structural but spiritual.  We don’t have to try and compete with what the secular culture out there offers because the church is “counter-cultural”.  We are sinners saved by grace who are reconciled to God and reconciled to each other because of what Christ did on the cross.  So we boast in the cross and Christ crucified, and not to ourselves.  You can’t get much more “counter-cultural” than that!  Read the whole thing of Tullian’s post here.

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