Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Too Many Baby Christians

From LeadershipJournal.com 02 October, 2007

So Many Christian Infants
Why are we so good at leading people to faith and so bad at prodding them to maturity?
by Gordon MacDonald, Leadership editor at large

I have been musing on the words of Martin Thornton: "A walloping great congregation," he wrote, "is fine and fun, but what most communities really need is a couple of saints. The tragedy is that they may well be there in embryo, waiting to be discovered, waiting for sound training, waiting to be emancipated from the cult of the mediocre."…

And the way to produce saints or mature Christians are


But mature Christians do not grow through programs or through the mesmerizing delivery of a talented speaker (woe is me) or worship band. Would-be saints are mentored: one-on-one or, better yet, one-on-small group (three to twelve was Jesus' best guess). The mentoring takes place in the streets and living-places of life, not church classrooms or food courts. And it's not necessarily done in Bible studies or the like. Mature Christians are made one by one through the influence of other Christians already mature.

Additionally, mature Christians become mature by suffering, facing challenges that can arouse fear and a sense of inadequacy. Mature Christians learn to wrestle with questions that defy simple answers. They learn to say strategic and tactical "no's" when others are indulging themselves by saying "yes." Oh, and mature Christians wrestle against the devil, you could say, and sometimes even lose. But they learn to get up again. Could I add, while I'm on a roll, that mature Christians are experts at repenting and humility.

Again, they learn this stuff under the tutelage of one who has gone before them and is willing to open his/her life so that it becomes a textbook on Christ's work in us…

Read complete article here.

There is a crying need for Christians to grow in their faith. It is unfortunate that many of us are contented to be consumer-baby-Christians, enjoying our pacifiers.
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3 Comments:

Blogger kaki.ayam said...

ooo...doc, this is a hard hitting article....

sometimes i do wonder, when will I grow up and be a real christian...

when would I give up on my pacifier and learn to pass it to others...

10:04 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

hi kaki.ayam,

it is a hard hitting article, isn't it? And this is from a person who was directly involved in worship evangelism. Rarely do I come across this type of article.

aren't you a real christian...

nah, don't think they will like your used pacifier...

11:49 PM  
Blogger kaki.ayam said...

"nah, don't think they will like your used pacifier..."

haha....never thought of that...

8:20 AM  

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