Small Churches Are Better

From Total Church, by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester:
“Too often, however, churches are not a context for making disciples so much as occasions for acknowledging relative strangers. Experience teaches that there is also an inverse ratio at work: the larger the group, the more inevitable the superficiality of our relationships. Instead of churches growing beyond the point of being able to sustain meaningful life-on-life family relationships, an alternative (and maybe essential) strategy would be to begin new congregations through church planting.” (page 111)

I totally agree. I personally feel that if a church gets around 200 they should begin looking to break off into satellite churches based on where the members live, at the very least, and perhaps individual autonomous churches. This develops more leadership and individual responsibility, keeps people from being too “comfortable” sitting in the pew, and begins a mentality of globalization.

Job Realizes He Needs a Mediator

Question: Is there One strong and wise enough to take up his cause? Job recognizes the need for a mediator between pitiful depraved man and sovereign holy God:

“He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.
If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.
Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.”

Job 9:32-35

Answer: Hebrews 4:16