An invitation to a spiritual makeover….
Just came back from having lunch with John (not his real name as he is known by many) who is another disillusioned Christian contemplating chucking in their faith. He gave his life to the Lord many years ago the traditional way but now he wonders why he did that and whether it was out of pressure and guilt that made him do that. We had a chat about what it meant to be a follower of Christ. We also talked about how the present church systems do not allow people to journey with Christ and explore what faith is all about. At some point, they face criticisms, negative comments and judgment calls that drive them away from church.
John is just one of a number of people who I meet regularly for lunch or a cuppa. They are genuinely seeking an authentic relationship with Christ but find that other Christians or the church makes it hard for them to remain a Christian. Many of these people follow my blog and have contacted me for a chat. My heart goes out to these people who desire to know Christ but struggle with issues of faith, science and beliefs. They have found the church has shut the door on them.
Today John and I talked about what would a Christian community look like if we gather around an ‘open table’ with Christ as the head and to do life together. The table is open because anyone who is searching for spiritual truth could join in and be accepted. The focus would be on seeking to be an authentic community of disciples with a passion to know Christ and His creed of love (love God and love others); to be guided in our discussions and sharing by God’s Spirit in our midst and to live a lifestyle focusing on the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. What would that community of faith look like?
The Hot Rev is keen to explore this idea. If you are living in north-east Christchurch, or are happy to travel there, and be part of this new community, contact Chris at email@example.com or call him on his mobile (021 528821). Maybe its time to bring my friends together on an interesting journey of faith.