A megachurch in Illinois did a study called Reveal in which their own people determined whether the church’s programmes were actually producing life change. The results came back: not so much.
The church discovered that it was doing what so many churches do: splitting life into ‘spiritual life’, and ‘real life’. Bill Hybels leads this church and said:
When I heard these results, the pain of knowing was almost unbearable. Upon reflection, I realised the pain of not knowing could be catastrophic.
I wonder, do I live with this double life, or are my marriage, my job, my relationships, my attitudes, my emotions impacted by the gospel?
I think the only real way to make sure I’m not living a double life is to get properly stuck into a small group of Christians to be honest, be real, pray, and worship God together in.
I read a story in the newspapers recently that the Church of England had started the process of potentially enabling ladies to serve as bishops. Of course there are two sides to the debate – one side didn’t ever want ladies to become vicars so will vote against this move (and likely lose), the other side believes in equal rights.
Now, I don’t want to start a massive argument here but I would like to genuinely ask a question of those in favour of female bishops & church leaders. Jesus appointed leaders over the early church in the form of his twelve disciples, all of whom were male.
My question is: why did he choose only men if he wanted us to have both men and women leading? Whenever I’ve asked this question before I’ve been answered in only one way, which is that men were leaders in the culture at that time…but the last time I checked Jesus wasn’t the biggest fan of conforming to society!
Genuinely, I’d like an answer – thanks