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
2 thoughts on ““He has taught me to trust Him completely…”~Rick Knock”
Loved your post, Rick. Like you, I have known for over 2 decades that because the status quo wasn’t cutting it for me it was then up to me to seek Him in a deeper, more personal way for myself. The body of Christ has always gone through this and will continue to until we see Him. I liken it to a tree where the basic strength of the tree is established but every year if you look closely you will notice new growth. Growth that wasn’t there the year before. The tree is never finished growing, it stretches ever higher as it lives.
I know exactly what you’re thinking and what you’re feeling. Stay hungry, never let the status quo that has such a foothold in our corporate church, keep you from reaching for more of Him. But while doing this do not forsake those who are not where you are. I did that and God yelled at me and straightened me out good! They are all still my family in Christ whether they understand me or not.
I love your hunger and your attitude. Thanks for posting your thoughts on Archie’s blog.
Thanks for the kind and encouraging words. I’ll keep in mind what you said about “not forsaking.” Indeed, all of us in Christ are on the same journey regardless of where we are on the path. 🙂