If the Church is passé, Then What?

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The building represented in the picture above, is not an accurate representation of what’s going on in the organized church world today. New extravagant structures are going up all over the country, and add on’s such as gyms and family centers are being added onto existing structures, (all of course, being paid for by the “faithful” or new converts).

However, the image does represent the “bones” if you will, of the old system which should have been buried, but yet hasn’t been.

Many of my blog mates and I have posted extensively that the mainstream organized churches and denominations, as we know them, have become passé. And not only passé, but that they never should have existed in the first place, not being based on the early church model that Jesus set up. See Book of Acts.

We have written that instead of “church”, we should be experiencing ecclesia, the assembling of the called out ones.
However, these ecclesias seem to be no where in sight, at least not that we can participate in locally in our own areas.

Even though there is a church on every corner in America, where are the ecclesias? If the subject is raised with a “church person”, their eyes will glaze over; they either don’t know what you’re talking about, or will argue with you about their church being the real deal….or, they will just make an excuse to exit your presense.

Just what is “ecclesia” supposed to look like anyway? In a nutshell, it should look and work out something like this; with each participant filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit, and flowing together in harmony, much like a symphony orchestra led by the conductor. In a Spirit led ecclesia, the orchestra would be the members, and the conductor would be the Holy Spirit orchestrating the assembly.

1 Corinthians 14:26
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

I will be the first to admit, I don’t have the answers. I’ve wandered around in the wilderness for over a decade, caught between two worlds; that of the institutional church, and the “worldly” world, and I can’t go back to either one.

As I said, we’ve posted about this issue; we’ve talked it nearly to death, but no one seems to have come up with a viable answer……….or have they? This seems to be a real possibility, IF, we could in our own cities and towns find one:
http://www.housechurch.com/House-Church-Questions/Home-into-the-Church, or at least one what functions in a godly, Christ centered manner such as this site seems to offer.

I for one, long to actively participate in a real time, viable ecclesia, where there is true Body Life functioning in harmony to the edification and building up of the saints, and I will not settle for less. Why should any of us who long for true fellowship? There must surely be others in our own communities that feel the same way. There are ways of seeking them out. Thanks to the Internet, and even the phone book and local newspapers forums and blogs, we are not without resources.

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3 comments on “If the Church is passé, Then What?

  1. amongtheforgotten says:

    Love the opening comment: “House Church” is not bringing the church into the house…..it is bringing the Life and quality and depth of relationship we all desire and expect into our home- into our church Life”

    What to do? Where do I live? That is my harvest field, these are those to whom I am called. I vaguely remember something scriptural about loving my neighbor don’t you?

    Jesus starting his service preaching the gospel to others in need. That would be a good place to start building a local ekklesia wouldn’t it? This gospel can and does include both the message of reconciliation as well as the practice thereof.

    Jesus cultivated relationships with people. I need to be willing to do that, to take risks, to be willing to be sent, willing to speak and even willing to suffer as necessary.

    Remember: Jesus IS building His ekklesia. Our prayers to this end cannot fail as they coincide with what He is doing. The more serious considerations are these:
    1. Am I willing to stay put in one location long enough for Jesus to use me in the lives of people? To build long term relationships?
    2. Am I willing to go and do what it will take to persevere in the above?
    3. Am I truly willing to live as “determined to know nothing but Jesus and Him Crucified” among others?

    We know we have everything we need for life and godliness for we have Jesus Himself. That leaves the hindrance to what God desires somewhere with me, my own affections or what so easily leads me astray. Remove those obstacles and allow a lively faith to take heaven by storm in relation to the promise of Jesus. Amen?

    • Scarlett says:

      “Jesus starting his service preaching the gospel to others in need. That would be a good place to start building a local ekklesia wouldn’t it?”
      Yes, brother….that’s the way I look at it, not trying to harvest disciples from a local church.Unless, they come and want to actively participate in a living harmonious ekklesia, and not try to resurrect ” church normal”into it. But as you seemed to indicate, the needy and those in spiritual crisis always seem to be more receptive to hearing the gospel. They sense they need something in their lives and can’t identify that it is Jesus whom they need.

  2. Eliza says:

    Yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I long for the same sort of fellowship. I keep trying “church” but there are always serious problems of one sort or another. Once we have been enlightened as to what is really going on within the church how can we with a clear conscience submit to the falsity of it all. I do think that there is still the need to inform others so that they can turn away from the error that encompasses the church and those who attend. God bless you:)

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