3 thoughts on “The Church Has Left the Building, But I’m Afraid It’s Just To Go Back Again

  1. Wow, this is short but spot on, very convicting and timely. It’s not the message we’re hearing, but we need to. Thanks, Tim.

  2. Thank you Jeanne.
    A few days ago I woke with the thought of vine-pruning on my mind. (I did some vineyard work about a decade ago).

    Firstly any dead wood is cut away and discarded.
    Then the remaining healthy branches are cut back harshly leaving only small stubs with a couple of buds, from which healthy new growth and well-nourished fruit will be produced.
    Nothing is allowed to remain that will take away from the best possible fruiting outcome.

    Jesus described some of this in John 15.

    I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples…

    …“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.

    I don’t think it’s coincidence that His description of vine maintenance is followed by references to the inevitability of persecution.
    Fruit and persecution together …
    Can we expect the former without the latter?

  3. Unfortunately I’ve come across quite a few professing Christians who instead of viewing the situation as an opportunity to seek the Lord free from many of the usual distractions, have chosen to promote claims of political conspiracies. Those ideas seem to be adopted by those who are expecting some kind of glorious kingdom age prior to the return of Jesus. One of them I’ve come across thinks any expectation of a tribulation period as being “fatalism”.
    There seems to be the same kind of attitude towards persecution – as if its something that can be avoided despite Jesus very clear warnings that it would happen.

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