We need to forget witnessing and become witnesses…
With the moral climate shifting in our culture increasingly away from Biblical truths, Christians need desperately to come to terms with our failure to be influential. Some have said over the years that the church in America is in a crisis and it is clear that business as usual will not cut it. For decades we have perfected things like church growth strategies, we have held innumerous conferences and events on scales never seen before, we have more resources at our disposal, but yet with all that we have unGodliness has increased. Churches have been filled to the rafters with people who have no idea what being a Christian truly means and there is a lack of basic Biblical knowledge or daily practice among those gathered. The question needs to be asked, “What good are filled churches and all our activity if it doesn’t transform lives for Jesus?” The Bible refers to the apostasy of the church in the end times and declares that there will be a church that will hold to a “form of godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:5). Yet there will be the faithful who will lead an end times revival and a harvest of souls that will be immeasurably greater than any in all of human history. This is why we need a better definition of what it means to be a Christian.
No more pew sitters
The time for Christians to gather together for nice neat little services is over. It is time for us to recognize the hour in which we now live and understand that a church that exists for nice meetings is a church that is dead already. We need to be a church alive with power and in whom the world can witness God through us.
What is a witness?
A witness is just that. It is someone that lives marked by their adherence to the word of God and who demonstrate God’s power through the Holy Spirit. In other words when people encounter us they encounter or witness the power of the Almighty Living God!