Perhaps churches try to make things look too good on the outside, without getting down to business on the inside of people’s hearts. However, Jesus can clean your heart with a disruptive innovation (a term coined by Clayton M. Christensen in 1995). Catch His wave.
What happens in 99.9% of churches? A preacher preaches weekly speeches to speechless people. Too many preachers sound like they’re presenting bland man’s bluff rather than passionate, heart-cleansing, disruptive faith in the risen Jesus. Our post-Christian world needs us to show them the innovative reality prechurch Christianity.
Church enforces a worn out technology of “sit-down-and-listen” as the lifetime (Sunday morning) learning style for all its members (except preachers). However, when Christ’s soldiers are mere spectators watching a professional speak and His ambassadors are a passive audience; we’ve surrendered God’s creativity and settled for spiritual mediocracy!
Christianity is so much more than a highly programmed, tightly controlled, Sunday service. Read the book of Acts and see what a disruptive innovation a real-life relationship with the risen Jesus can be!
There’s a place for sermons, but their place isn’t to push aside and eliminate interactive, body ministry according to 1 Corinthians 14:26. Last time I checked, that verse doesn’t say: “When you come together have the same man preach every time.
In Acts 17, Paul visited synagogues in 3 cities and “reasoned with them from the Scriptures.” Why won’t churches let visitors (and regular attendees) experience the togetherness of sharing Scriptures together? After all, would you rather hear a weekly sermon on family togetherness or experience the real deal? (Disruptive Innovation guy, Clayton Christensen prefers the real deal over speeches. He said: “Intimate, loving, and enduring relationships with our family and close friends will be among the sources of the deepest joy in our lives.”)
God has designed all people so that they can connect like family, at a heart level with Him and with other people. Jesus is building His innovative solution that He calls His ekklesia, for a safe place where His people can come together as equals and open up to His creative working in and through one another.
It’s time to trade will power for real power! Surrender your life to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ and His disruptive innovation!
Don’t let sin cause your life to descend into defeat, darkness, and despair. Cut sin loose from your heart and actions. No matter how deeply buried sin is in your heart, God can see it and Christ can clean it out! Let Him. Your conscience is an inner gyroscope that will keep your character on the right course if you cooperate with it. Let it lead you to the living Jesus.
If you need hope, do something that gives you hope! When I need some uplifting brain waves, I read the Bible and let God use its disruptive spiritual technologies to renew my mind. If hearing a weekly sermon isn’t causing your faith to soar, try this: Read the New Testament at least 5 minutes every day for 3 weeks. Too many people depend on sermons rather than reading the Bible for themselves!