Listening to NPR this a.m., I heard an amazing statistic: 68% of Catholics in America feel they can live a God honoring faith without attending Mass.
This makes my earlier post on not focusing on attracting people to an but penetrating the community even more understandable.
It’s exciting to live at a time when more and more of Jesus followers are once again living their faith in their daily lives. I’m so glad “being a Christian” is getting divorced from merely “going to church.”
But we must not forget Hebrew 10:25:
…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching…
We were never meant to live this out on our own. The big danger in our 21st century approach is that we’ll reduce faith to the “me and Jesus” mentality of the late 20th century. Oh, we’ll do it in a more sophisticated, sacramental sort of way. But it’ll still be an anemic shadow of the real, vibrancy of faith incarnated in a community of followers of Jesus.
That’s why at the Vineyard Church of Waterville we’ll always keep serving our community in ways the are relevant. And while we’ll always have at least one weekly worship gathering.
Isn’t it an exciting time to be a follower of Jesus?!
Now I’ve got to get to that worship gathering!