I have spoken many times about the disarray of the Westernized church. God allows the W.C. to meet currently in its present form, but it is not His perfect will for us. There is something more that is meant to be produced. I am not talking about the House Church or Simple church either. Those expressions get us closer to the heart of God, but not the end result. There is a new paradigm ( new to us) that the church needs to slowly evolve in. Let's face it. The Westernized church is not hacking it. Many churches are closing down or waiting for the current occupants to die off.
There is more to church than listening to a sermon or singing a song. I don't claim to have all the answers nor will I present such a notion within this blog. However, I feel it deeply that God is calling us to something more. His purpose for the church is not totally correct. He allows current expressions, and those current expressions are not necessary evil or wrong. They are just not perfect to God's design.
I am not talking about being the New Testament church either. Every church claims they are a N.T.C. Every church claims that they are at the peak of God's perfect will. Are we? Are we expressing and showing the world God's best?
Are we living as God breathed individuals? The New Testament model of church life was meant to bring us back to this point. It was meant to prepare us for our eternal purpose. Centuries later we have fallen into the same trap the Pharisees and Sadducee's did. We have built our human altars. We have made up rules and regulations which supersede the Word of God. We have tried to implant our designs of Church life instead of the design of God. So where is the disconnect?
We have disconnected ourselves from Holy Spirit like a child inadvertently unplugging a lamp. We keep turning on and off the switch but no light seems to come on. God breathed into the nostrils of man and life became a reality. Holy Spirit is that breathe, and He desires to bring life to the church. What do we have to do? What is God's perfect will for us?
New paradigm for church:
1. Reboot to Genesis 2:7 and become people who have the life of God within them.
2. Some see church life in basic 1 and 2 dimensions. There are a 3rd, 4th, 5th, and more dimensions to church life and God's purpose for us.
3. Church is not the building, the house, the location, but the people. Never let the location replace the people.
4. The new paradigm is about being and living as the Body of Christ versus doing this or that. The expression of Christ is more important than the outward, visual, spectacles we show to the world.
5. Jesus gave us the answers to the New Paradigm for the church.
a. Love the Lord God with our whole being. ( Become one with Him)
b. Love our neighbor through that same Love ( Become relational )
c. Go into all the world and share this truth ( Become Missional)
The New paradigm for the church is simply fulfilling the purpose of God in our lives and making the changes to get there.