Been thinking on interesting topics over the last couple of weeks. The whole INTERFERENCE thought and reasons why people drift away from God is niggling away at me all the time.

Sunday was a good day at Xcel in lots of ways – worship, word, atmosphere, connecting.
Sunday was disappointing in other ways – no one gave their life to Jesus, in fact I’m not sure how many new faces there were across the venues.

Challenged the Xcel Darlington crew the other week to never assume. Just because people are not at church, don’t assume that everything is okay. Maybe they are not there because of some INTERFERENCE in their world. Not just holidays. Or work.

Bring someone back to Church! There’s a challenge. But then again is it really? With the whole online social networking, emailing and texting – communicating with people in a very convenient, non-pressure way has never been easier. I’ve been messaging like crazy and it’s been great to open up some dialogue and discover what’s going on in people’s worlds. even better to see some of those people back in Church on Sunday!!

People who are drowning don’t need pleasant words from the person on dry land. They don’t need to be told how they should have read the signs, not gone in the deep water…what they want is to be rescued. Some people in our worlds are just the same and the problem with many Christians is that they are full of well-meaning words, good at the opinions but not so willing to jump in and rescue the person.

God is definitely nudging me to take the plunge and get rescuing. It might be messy but I know God will help.

Who is not in Church who used to be in Church?
Why not make contact and find out how they are and if there is anything you could do for them?

2 thoughts on “Take the Plunge – Rescue Someone

  1. Having much the same experience with online conversation… and I love the spirit you present in this post! It really is messy when we step out of our safe church environment and dialogue with people who ask tough questions… Keep it up!

    btw I am now a follower on Twitter ;^)

  2. Quite a lot of great thoughts, Julian. To support your argument on rescuing people and, at the same time, share from my perspective, I’m very sceptical of the “raise your hand and repeat after me” mode of salvation that is being offered in contemporary churches (not necessarily in Xcel, just making a general observation).

    While we should by all means be inviting people to follow Christ on daily basis, and while it often starts with a specific decision at some point in life, I think we need to make people aware that being Christ’s follower entails so much more than a single act or a right phrase/prayer being uttered (publicly or in private).

    Therefore, even if “no-one raised their hand” on any given Sunday, there’s still hope that new people (if there were any in attendence) were brought closer not to a simplified act that they may not necessarily follow through on with their life, but to a moment of real crisis where they can, at some point, leave everything behind and follow Jesus with, as someone once put it, reckless abandon.

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