As I look forward to 2013, I’m excited and concerned. First, the concern. I can’t believe it’s been almost 500 years since Martin Luther courageously nailed those 95 theses to the Wittenburg doors. In the 1500’s many things about the church needed to change. One example:
No one read the Bible for themselves. It wasn’t available. Luther, however, knew people would only live free lives if they continually fed themselves the rich nutrition of Scripture. He led a movement to bring the Bible back to the people. As we enter 2013 the church has once again lost the Bible. Oh yes, it’s available everywhere. Most people even have one on their phone. But it’s not in the hearts of God’s people. Most Christians today do not regularly read the Bible for themselves.
Here’s another concern… Over the last few decades thousands of churches have become very “attractional.” The youth programs feel like Disney world. The worship set rivals any rock venue. The cool atmosphere rivals any Starbucks. Yes, I go to a church that fits this description. I think there’s a place for attracting people. The light show during worship draws in many. But here’s the concern, then my excitement. I’m concerned if we give people a bright lightshow, they might not ever see the Light of the World. They’ll come for the attraction, stay for the attraction, and not live for Jesus.
Now my excitement, I think there’s a massive change happening today in the church. Words like doctrine, theology and church history are becoming very popular. People who grew up with all the “attractional” church stuff are yearning for more! They’re yearning for the fullness of their God. They don’t want spiritual junk food, they want the steak and potatoes. Michael and I teach a lot at the Credo House. We’ve had many sessions over the last 6 months that were totally packed out. People were furiously taking notes as we went deep into discipleship. What drew these people? The depths of their God and Savior! Sessions on Doctrine, Theology and Church History filled the Credo House. Who were these people? Most of the people in all our classes are in their teens and twenties! These people coming to the Credo House for theological depth have consumed more than 1,000 pounds of coffee in 2012!
We are also seeing this movement toward deep discipleship online. Our web analytics show us people have spent more than 2 million minutes in 2012 being discipled by the online portion of our ministry. Wow! When I think of Jesus’ last words to us, a lump rises in my throat. In Matthew 28 he tells us to go and make disciples, teaching believers to live for the Savior. What a worthy pursuit for us all.
Our passion is discipleship. Helping people live obedient lives for Jesus. Abiding in Him. Growing in Him. Learning more about Him.
Our God is huge and our vision is huge. We want to be on the front lines of this theological movement among the next generation. Would you help us? The need for discipleship is great. The excitement toward what God is doing is greater.
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Executive Director, Credo House Ministries