By Paul Nixon
There is no finish to clichés and straightforward assumptions approximately congregational future health and energy. it is a lot more straightforward to begin a brand new church than flip round an outdated one; nondenominational church buildings are becoming, whereas denominational church buildings are loss of life; small-membership church buildings are involved in simple terms with survival; suburban church buildings care basically approximately never-ending programming and "spiritual entertainment"; downtown church buildings are doomed to decay. no matter what kernel of fact such analyses may comprise, they omit the particular aspect. church buildings stagnate, decline, and die for a couple of purposes, yet mostly simply because they've got forgotten who they're. they've got forgotten their project to arrive out to people who have no idea God in Christ. they've got forgotten that we worship--not to suppose cozy and safe--but to come back into the presence of a God who leads us out into the realm. they've got forgotten the "cloud of witnesses" who've long gone ahead of us within the Christian religion, supplying types for a way we will be able to proclaim the message of the gospel in ways in which new generations can listen it. Paul Nixon calls this failure of reminiscence "spiritual amnesia." fascinated about institutional survival and private convenience, congregations have forgotten what earlier generations of Christians have discovered again and again: that the church's nice problem is to make the gospel on hand in new and compelling how one can those that desire so much to listen to it. In a sequence of sweeping insights into congregational existence and modern tradition, Nixon maps a path that would aid church buildings take into accout who they're and for whom they exist.
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Philippians 2:12 NIV Same Place, Another Time Cammy and David are president and vice president of the Sunday evening youth fellowship at Bethany Church. One Sunday afternoon, they came to the church a couple of hours early in order to clean out the youth ministry closet. Bethany is an old congregation, one of the historic churches in this countyseat Maryland town, dating back more than two centuries. Bethany's building, listed on the state register of historic places, bears a cornerstone with the date 1878.
Suddenly, a boy about David's age bolted out of his row and down the side aisle and all the way down to the front of the room. David watched the boy as he proceeded to kneel along the altar rail. One of the bearded men in black came and knelt beside him. It was hard to tell, but it appeared that the boy was crying. Cammy did not know the hymn they were singing, but she recognized the familiar warmth of the Bethany pipe organ. This was, indeed, her church. She looked over her shoulder, and there, in comforting brilliance, she saw the stained glass window with Jesus holding the lamb, the same as always.
Their motivation in coming early to explore and clean the youth ministry closet was to find cool old stuff for the Bethany youth fellowship float in the town's upcoming bicentennial parade. They found trophies from youth basketball teams in the early 1950s, certificates of honorable mention for the state Bible drill in 1961. They found more than a few rotting Bibles and hymnals, a box of denominational youth Sunday school curriculum from 1974 that someone long ago was supposed to have sent to missionaries in China.
Healing Spiritual Amnesia by Paul Nixon