Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Church! So Now What?

...being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:3).

Another gem of wisdom from DeYoung's message, "The Church," which we previously noted in this post. Here is a list of suggestions from DeYoung on the practical matters of making an impact for Christ in our local church:
  • Find a good local church.
  • Get involved.
  • Become a member.
  • Stay there as long as you can.
  • Put away thoughts of a revolution for a while.
  • Join the plodding visionaries.
  • Go to church this Sunday and worship in Spirit and truth.
  • Be patient with your leaders.
  • Rejoice when the gospel is faithfully proclaimed.
  • Bear with those who hurt you.
  • Give people the benefit of the doubt.
  • Say “hi” to the teenager that no one notices.
  • Welcome the old ladies with the blue hair and the young men with tattoos.
  • Volunteer for the nursery.
  • Attend the congregational meeting.
  • Bring your fried chicken to the potluck like everybody else.
  • Invite a friend.
  • Take a new couple out for coffee.
  • Give to the Christmas offering.
  • Sing like you mean it.
  • Be thankful someone vacuumed the carpet for you.
  • Enjoy the Sundays that “click.”
  • Pray extra hard on the Sundays that don’t.
  • And in all of this, do not despise the days and weeks and years of small things (Zech 4:8–10).
May Christ build His Church among us with such "plodding faithfulness"!



  1. This is a great list, but you gotta watch out for those young men with tattoos :-)

  2. Yeah, be nice to them... one of 'em may actually be your pastor one day!