Without Christ?

I have read a lot of warnings to the organic church mentality that boil down to:

don’t make community center, make Christ the center

I think that is a great and important warning. The community of believers is nothing without Christ. We only learn and grow as a community as much as we express Christ to each other. Paul talks in 1 Corinthians 12 about us being a body, that is the community, but a body without a head is dead and useless, just ask those who have visited madame guillotine, oh wait you can’t ask them! Anyway I want to emphasize here that this is all about Christ, not community. The goal of the community is to express our love and surrender to Christ corporately, exercising the gifts we have through the Spirit in a way that is obedient and glorifying to God.

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6 responses to “Without Christ?

  • Alan Knox

    This is a quote from A.W. Tozer. I think you can find it in a book called “Tozer on Christian Leadership”:

    ———-

    The average church has so established itself organizationally and financially that God is simply not necessary to it. So entrenched is its authority and so stable are the religious habits of its members that God could withdraw Himself completely from it and it could run on for years on its own momentum.

    ———-

    What’s funny is that I’ve found that I (and others) get very uncomfortable when we remove our own momentum and trust only in “Christ in us”…

    -Alan

  • Dan Allen

    Alan

    I think I’ve read that. Great quote! I think we get uncomfortable because maybe we don’t really know how to do that (trust only in “Christ in us”) because we in many ways are very self-sufficient.

    Thanks!

    Dan

  • Renee Donovan

    Exactly… it is hard to let go of control and rely only on Christ!
    And if we find it diffcult in our own personal lives, the struggle will only reproduce in the rest… home life, work, cummunity, church ect.
    After the mission trip to Nicaragua, I realized how much we do have and how easy it is to be acustomed to it, and not realize or be greatful that our needs are met only through God not of our own making!

  • Dan Allen

    Mom

    It does seem to be quite difficult for us to surrender control of our personal and communal lives to the headship of Christ, but what a better job he does leading us and leading the church then we could ever even hope to do!

    Dan

  • Mark

    Dan,

    Learning to depend on and trust in Christ is a very simple, fundamental tenet of the Christian faith, or so it would seem. I was coming home from the hospital this morning, singing along with a Hillsong United song, where towards the end it says “I need…..you so….You’re my everything.” Even though those thoughts should be so basic, it really hit me at a level that was very fresh and new, as if it was a novel idea, and I suddenly realized that I had not been fully relying on Him, and trusting in His provision instead of my own abilities. Seems like we make things too hard sometimes!

    Mark

  • Reiterate: 08.21.10 | The Ekklesia in Southern Maine

    […] Without Christ? – “The community of believers is nothing without Christ.” […]

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