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"Those who have the disease called Jesus will never be cured" ~Old Russian Proverb

Monday, March 13, 2006

Consumer Driven?

Yesterday we considered together the subtle threat that consumerism and a consumeristic mindset poses the church in our times. For our study yesterday morning I broke it down into three different examples. Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week I’ll take a look back through each of those three examples.

The first example: a consumeristic view of the church.
Prevalent in our culture, this is when people look at the church the same way they look the mall: If there's something there that interests them, they'll go. They might even make a financial exchange; they might give a little money for services rendered, if the services seem to fit their need.

The danger: When people look at the church with the same mindset through which they view the mall, they are likely to look and ask, "What is here that I can get?" It's a marketplace mentality. There's no responsibility. There's no accountability. There’s no relationship, but rather a transaction – “I’m willing to go there if they offer me something." In so doing, they miss a most important truth: God has placed them in the church for His glory, for the building up of the body, and for one another.

Take a look at 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and Ephesians 2:11-22 and 4:1-16. What are your thoughts?

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