Sunday, 24 February 2008

5 reasons why I want the church to double

After a great Sunday morning meeting it seems only right to say again why I want to get to 400 as soon as possible!

#1 Because 400 voices give greater depth to the glory of God.

#2 Because 400 stories of God's grace will each contain hope, restoration and a future in Christ.

#3 Because 400 missionaries is another step towards, and can better cope with, winning a town of over 250,000.

#4 Because 400 followers of Jesus can better hold the nations in their prayers.

#5 Because 400 people can exhibit a greater influence for good.

I don't have time to talk about how much more money we could release for God's kingdom, or more people we could send / support overseas. Let's just say we need to get to 400 sooner rather than later!


Pippa Simkins said...

Before i write this post i want to say that
a) I respect Sean and his leadership and these our only my rambling thoughts! So Sean if i'm being too provocative feel free to beat me up in cell on Thursday!!!

I struggle with the push to 400 and i don't know why? Do these statements assume that...

a)More people = GOD can do more
(God still managed to save Ninevah despite Jonah's 'non' efforts - not saying we should do a Jonah however!!) should we assume that the quicker our numbers increase,the quicker REading will be saved?

b)Does numbers = more healthy can have a large church of which can be 'audience' and not participating...'One can be saved but not living by faith' (quote Ben davis!)

c) Should we put a 'time scale' on wining people/growth of church. Does it place the focus on us? My thoughts are that God could quite easily do all this on his own (he said 'let there be light' after all)- he doesn't 'need' us to save REading, no, but he chooses to use us despite ourselves - out of his great love.

the upside!
I think its great that we are an outward looking church and looking to GROW!...

Sean Green said...

Thanks for your thoughts Pip. The truth is most or Reading don't know about God or that judgement is coming. The bible is very clear on our call to grow - the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, a man scatters seed and all by itself etc etc.
I find it hard to be satified with what we have when my neighbours are not living for the glory to God.
Big churches bring different challenges (as you point out) but they also have the ability to have a louder voice / bring greater resources for good.
Clearly it is all in Gods timing but we mustn't settle for our cosy little church which is largely irrelevant to the majority of people in Reading.

Pippa Simkins said...

Thanks for the response Sean...maybe some of my struggle is to do with 'not being used to' a big church too which is more my issue than anything! I have to say its really nice to be somewhere that is so outward focused. though and i'm so aware of the need to tell others. Just finding in my own circle of non christian friends that things take a lot of time with regards to people becoming saved, years of prayer and spending time with them. anyway thanks for coping with my ramblings!

Dave Burt said...

Isaiah 60:21-22

21 Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor.

22 The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly."

Come on now... :D