Churches across America are struggling. The struggle is not because of what the church is doing, it’s because of what the church is not doing!! When asked in a poll in 2013 if they had a responsibility to share their faith with someone only 73% said yes, and when asked if they did share their faith in the last 12 months with someone, only 52% said they had. We are becoming social clubs, we are building walls so we can be a closed group of believers. Here is the problem with that, that’s not the Church!!!! Those walls are dead walls. Because when this happens Churches Die!!!
“For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’””
Acts 13:47 ESV
What about the early days of the church? The first believers didn’t even have a church, but were being chased and murdered and along the way they were sharing their faith. They could have easily hid, or just been like hey we are just hanging out here, but instead they were sharing their faith. God calls today’s churches to do the same thing. We are to share the Gospel, to be in the streets in our communities, and reaching out to the lost. We shouldn’t be building dead walls for a cool country club we meet at on Sundays, we should be out talking to people. The mission fields are in our backyards!!! Our buildings should have walls that are so saturated with the Gospel that it can’t help but overflow into our communities. So that we can bring new people to faith and disciple them that they may grow in their faith and go out to reach more people.
“46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:46-47 ESV
This is in no way condemning having community in the church. We need that too!!! We can grow together in times of fellowship and small group studies. We can’t let our need for community override the need to take the Gospel to our communities. Churches are dying, they are not dying because the world is so sinful, Churches are dying because we have forgotten our primary duty to reach out to the lost where they are and bring them to Jesus.