“That’s me in the corner, that’s me in the spotlight, losing my religion…”
This Sunday we will take a short diversion into the world of topical teaching. We are going to start a new series on issues that confront Christians on a regular basis.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the show Mythbusters, right? Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage take on the urban myths that we are always hearing and passing on as actual facts, and they put them to the test, to see if there is any feasible way those tales could be true. Well…we’re going to start looking at some of the things that we have always been told and have taken as “gospel” truth when it comes to the church and issues that touch the Christian life.
We are going to be MYTHBUSTING THE CHURCH!!! Let’s put on our wrestling shoes and grapple with some of the common church myths! Some of this will be a refresher for many of us…some of us may find these things new, and even troubling…either way, its time to crack our knuckles take these concepts to the mats!
Is church something we go to? Is a membership roll required to be a member of the church? Is a Christian commanded to tithe 10% of his or her income to the church? Is a church/pastor/denomination supposed to be “a covering” for a Christian? Is the church divided into two groups of people, the clergy and the laity? If a Christian sins, does he/she have to ask for forgiveness in order to get right with God? Are Christians supposed to obey the 10 commandments? Is Christianity really about giving up sin and getting into heaven (or at least avoiding hell)? Is the threat of hell really the message of the gospel?
These are just some of the topics that we’ve been confronting for years. We may not cover all these issues, but we will wrestle with the most pressing ones. Which of these questions interests you the most? Any other suggestions for topics?
This oughtta’ be fun!