God has me waiting, for what I don’t know. I’m sure He’ll tell me when I need to know. 🙂 In the meantime I’m experiencing a time of refreshing, preparation, paradigm shifts & personal growth. It’s all good.
Over the last several years many of the things I thought I knew have been sharply challenged. To summarize briefly:
** I came to realize that something was very wrong with the way most of us do church in our country, but couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was.
** Left the institutional church in an attempt to distance myself emotionally so I could look at it objectively.
** In researching on the internet discovered articles by Frank Viola that eventually took me to “Pagan Christianity?” which I’ve elsewhere described as a “car wash for the brain.” It answered many of my
questions, and articulated what I’d been unable to express.
** Located and attended a house church conference, and joined a related forum. Through these I discovered that there are also serious problems in the house church movement. Go figure. 🙂
** The whole while I couldn’t shake the conviction that in spite of very real problems, I didn’t believe the institutional church was without value, or something to be discarded. Yet, I felt the same thing just as strongly about the house / simple / organic church.
I have seen and experienced the power and attraction of genuine Christian community, and have come to the unshakable conclusion that this is the key (though not only) element that is missing in most of our churches today.
I am still learning, still changing, still being prepared, still being transformed into something that God can use for whatever He has in mind next. In the meantime, as I wait, I’ll be content to deal with all the other things He sends my way. He has taught me to trust Him completely, and that I’ll do.
Rick Knock – a facebook friend