Call it what you like. At the end of the day, if the driving force and foundational principle is not sending, thrusting, and propelling Christians OUT toward those who are lost and in need of Christ, eventually...it will die. Once in awhile, it may be a sudden execution. Most often though, it dies a long, slow death. And it's painful; to experience and to watch.
If you're not involved in the community of the Church, then you cannot fully or effectively be walking with Christ. You can't just be "going to church" and simultaneously answering the call of discipleship. And when I say discipleship, I'm referring to other Christ-followers pouring INTO you and you being poured OUT into the life of another. It's the Apostle Paul saying, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ." (1 Cor. 11:1) It's what the crazy church growth folks, small group gurus, and missional community pastors refer to as "multiplication".
No good at math? Me neither.
Thankfully this multiplication we speak of requires no Algebra.
Going back to the point - if the driving force and foundational principle is not sending, thrusting, and propelling Christians OUT toward those who are lost and in need of Christ, eventually...it will die - this is part of multiplication. If the community of the Church is not feeding, nurturing, and growing this multiplication, it's luring and leading people to a long, slow, self-centered, gospel-forsaking death.
The mantra of our calling - both as individuals & as the Church - can be summed up this simply: MULTIPLY OR DIE.
NOW is the perfect time to to resolve - to commit with unwavering determination - to give your life away. To be spent for the sake of the Kingdom. To embrace that the Good News of the Gospel is not meant to be hoarded or kept, but carried and delivered to those who are lost. To have the courage to say to someone, "Imitate me as I imitate Christ." To MULTIPLY.
How are you intentionally aiming to MULTIPLY?
How is Jesus using your life to reproduce His life in someone else?
Who has He placed in your life right now that you can be pouring into?
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2