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Do NOT stay home: 17% of all accidents do occur in the home.
Do NOT walk on the streets or sidewalks: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.
Do NOT travel by air, rail, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these.
Only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are related to previous physical disorders.
Go to church! IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
When we say, “I got your back,” what do we mean? Aren’t we saying, “I’m with you, man. I’ll stand up for you. You are not alone in this!”?
In our independent, everyone-does-his-own-thing culture, we need community, partnerships, comrades in arms who will stand with us when life has us by the throat.
And that, it seems to me, is the genius of the local church. The local church is to be a place, or rather a group of people, who say and show the truth of the statement “I got your back!”
But, alas, sometimes the local church is little more than a social gathering of religious people.
Jesus said, “The world will know you are my disciples if you love one another.”
1. When someone complains to us about another believer, we’ve “got one another’s backs” when we ___________________________________________.
2. To say “I got your back” doesn’t mean we make excuses for each other, or rationalize each other’s sins away, does it? Can you think of one example of Jesus and His disciples when He “got their backs”?
When my family and I lived in Canada, a good friend of mine became the pastor of a church that had split (over worship styles), The two churches were starting to get along and leave some of their anger and bitterness at each other. I said to my friend, “Well, now this city has two Evangelical churches!” My friend said, “That’s how you and I see it, Larry. The world looks at us and says, “A CHURCH SPLIT!”
1. Under what circumstances should a church split?
2. Have you gone through a church split? What was it over and how did you feel?
Today’s cartoon illustrates the fact that our American luxury allows us to design different services for different tastes. Of course, we should be attractive and relevant to our culture, but we can easily miss the sheer cruciality of the local church IF we invest too much energy into what “pleases” us!
1. What specific changes has your church made to be more relevant to your immediate culture?
2. How do we know when we’ve gone too far?