The Great Commission's Focus is Not on Programs

Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone did everything they should without needing any help? Programs provide organization and structure for a church to help ensure that what should be happening, gets done.
Make no mistake, the church most certainly is an organism as seen in the metaphor about it being like a human body (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 4:15-16). However, just like the human body has systems to keep it properly functioning, like the central nervous system, so the church needs a level of structure and order.
The problem comes when the program or organization becomes an end in itself rather than a tool to get to where we should be. When too much focus is on programs rather than the Lord and His life exhibited in and through His people, the church takes on characteristics more of an organization than an organism. Even the fulfillment of the Great Commission becomes just another program. But, Jesus came to give vibrant life, not a rigid structure.
Programs, organization, structure, coordination, order:
-- necessary as a means to get to a greater end
-- good as long as it doesn't suck the life out of what should be an organism.

The Church as an Organism Reflecting Life in Christ:

  • abundant, flowing
  • freedom
  • interdependency
  • growing
  • mutual submission
  • responsive ... learns, adapts, changes
  • diversity
--- An organism can't neglect the Head.
The body receives its directives and ability to function and grow from the Head.

The Church as an Organization Forgetting to Reflect the Life of Christ:

  • stagnation
  • legalism
  • dependency
  • static
  • hierarchy leading to control of leader
  • reactive ... changes if forced to
  • conformity
--- An organization can neglect the Head.
Programming can become so mechanical we do not look to the Head for directives.

Keep the focus on the Lord above all else and you can't help but have life, light, and the right kind of liberty. Programs and all other organizational structures and agendas will point to Him. When unsaved people attend your church, they will see Jesus in all you do.
To Do: Study the following passages about Christ being the Head. Then evaluate if there are any ways the programming you have put in place, your agenda for the church, and any organizational structures you have established are blocking communication, sustenance, and the flow of life coming into your church from the Head.
Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:15-16; Colossians 1:17-18; 2:9-10, 16-23
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