Martin Luther changed the course of Christianity when he nailed his 95 Theses to the door at Wittenberg.  I’m going to take the next 10 days and address each of my 9.5 theses individually.  Some of these have been mantras of mine for some time now, and some are a bit newer to my journey.  In tackling these one-by-one, my hope is that you’ll wrestle with them as well.

The church is not a neighborhood social club.

I have a problem with the idea that the church is nothing more than a place where like-minded people gather together.  At a gym, like-minded, athletic people gather together.   At a restaurant, like-minded, hungry people gather together.  At a movie theatre, like-minded entertainees gather together.  Isn’t the church more than just a gathering place?  Acts 4:32 may suggest differently if that’s the only place you look for a definition.  I go back to Matthew 28, where Christ tells his followers to “Go into all the world making disciples…”  That was, has been and remains the command that He gave to us.  If the church is nothing more than a gathering place for people attracted to Christ to gather, how does that fulfill the command we were given as followers of Him?  The church has got to be more than a social gathering.  It has to love, inspire, restore and send people out to make disciples.  If I had a succinct little formula to make that happen, I’d be a rich man.  I don’t know how a gathering of people take on this mindset, but because I don’t know, I’m going to default to thinking it is done one person at a time – and that has to begin with me.