Scripture: Mark 8:34
Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Thought for the Day: A few days ago, I came across a blog by Rev. Erik Parker. He calls his blog: The Millennial Pastor – An iPhone Pastor for a Typewriter Church. He wrote a specific post a month ago about why younger people are not coming to church, and even more so, what they would find if they actually chose to come (not good). He writes:
If I had to guess, the vast majority of people who still might be looking for a church in 2016 are not looking for a social commitment to church.
As a millennial, I never lived in the era of social commitment or social pressure to go to church. While most of my peers growing up weren’t interested in church, nor exposed to it beyond Christmas and Easter, the ones who did express interest did not do it for the social commitment.
My church going peers were interested in following Jesus.
Now, imagine someone is looking for a church. They are looking for a church with a commitment to following Jesus at its core and they show up at a social commitment church. It would be like showing up for a soccer team that stopped playing soccer years ago, and who instead gathers for coffee and donuts with friends and family. But this gathering of people still call themselves a soccer team.
Now imagine members of that “soccer team” wringing their hands week after week over the fact that no one wants to join the team to clean up coffee and pick up the donuts. You can see why soccer players looking for a team wouldn’t join. You can see why many members of the team left a long time ago.
If you wish to read the rest of his blog, CLICK HERE. In no way is the author suggesting that being social and community oriented is a bad thing, but what he is seeing (and it is true in many if not most churches) is a social system that has eclipsed the mission of the church. Who wishes to be a follower of Jesus? It will require each of us to take up the cross, and despite what some might suggest, this cross bearing act will be demanding beyond any social club or organization you’ve ever known.
Prayer: Put before me markers for a path of faithfulness. I desire to follow Jesus, but I will not be successful without your assistance, O Lord. Amen.
(A little taste of the Summer activities)
2pm at the Church