Monday, April 2, 2012
Competition for congregants?
Paul says, " My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church is already been started by someone else." Romans 15:20. This is veeery interesting. In the N.T. there was only one church..no denominations. So, if a church had been started in a town or an area, no other apostle needed to stop there to start another one. Today of course, we have all these splits in the Body because of doctrinal issues, so I guess each denom feels that even though there might be 4 other types of churches spreading the Gospel to a community of people, that the other churches aren't doing it 'right' or well enough and they move in too. I'm not too big on that whole mindset. Then starts the 'hit and run' method. Each church vies for attendees, so they send out tracts and flyers and all sorts of advertisements and set up all kinds of fun and eye catching events. Would it not be better if a church would find out whether their presence in a place is actually needed before they set up shop? Because there are lots of little places that the churches totally miss. Areas where people are not being evangelized for Christ. I just thought this was a really cool passage of Scripture and something to really think about.