LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT CHURCH?

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:42-47).

I find lots of humor in this video, but I also find lots of questions and reality. Are we willing to promise literally anything, just to attract new people? Is that good? And how far is too far? Do you see any differences in the church in the video and the church from the verses above?

And what about self-centered members who think it’s all about them? Is it all about my wants, my needs and my desires? It is about the songs I like the best and the worship the way I want it? Maybe, it’s not all about me. Maybe it’s about Him. Maybe it’s about others. And maybe if I’ll just look in His book, I’ll rediscover what real church is all about.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Neva says:

    Wow!! This makes me incredibly sad. I guess the truth hurts, huh?
    Thanks for the post, my brother.
    Peace
    Neva

  2. Mommysmart says:

    Great video! Sometimes it does seem that ridiculous. Thanks for sharing.
    Monica

  3. Lisa says:

    Ouch. We all tend to have opinions on how the services should go, don’t we (or is it just me that occasionally does that?), but we forget that it’s not about our opinions or our preferences, it’s about what He wants.

  4. Messianic Gentile says:

    Great video. Very convicting.

    Many blessings…

  5. Trey Morgan says:

    You know I just got to thinking while ago (insert joke here), that I’ve read of churches trying to bring people in by offering money, a chance to win a motorcycle and one church even offering beer.

    When Jesus talked to the rich young ruler. Jesus offered him the one thing he needed to inherit eternal life (sell all he had and give it to the poor). Then the rich young ruler went away sad. Jesus didn’t say if you’ll follow me I’ll offer you a motorcycle or money or a home. Nor did He beg him to come back when he walked away.

    Just a thought!

  6. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Trey,
    Your last two sentenced summed it all up; it ain’t about us it is about Him! Good job Brother

  7. Anonymous says:

    hey trey.
    there are a lot of things that we are letting slide, then being to strict on. and you are 100% RIGHT when you say that we need to go back to the bible and do what it says. there are TO MANY times when people want to do what they think is best, and it isn’t what is best. thank you for being the man that you are, nutty, but wonderful.. love ya and keep preaching the GOOD NEWS!!! love ya

  8. Anonymous says:

    hey,
    that comment was from me, your wonderful niece, bekah

  9. Monalea says:

    Loved the video! I watched it and then went and gathered up several family members to come watch too. Wow, I never thought it was possible to have a McDonald’s church service, ‘Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce.’ Just think we might even be able to put up our own marquee – ‘Over 3 billion served.”

    Seriously, the catch is. . . ‘It’s not about us at all, but about Christ and getting back to His Word, the Bible.’

    2Tim.4:2 “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season;”

  10. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,
    This is off subject, but how do you have time to read so many books, sermons, church work, blog, find youtubes, run, family time, and do enough civic activities that you are awarded? I only have 24 hours, how many do you have?
    Kathy

  11. Ancient Wanderer says:

    Perfect!

    AW

  12. Anonymous says:

    Kathy,

    I can tell you how Trey has all that time for books, sermons, church work, blog, run, family, civic activities, etc. etc. etc.. It is answered in 4 little words . . . . He’s Not A Mom!

    Signed,
    Trey’s Sister

  13. bb says:

    Trey,

    Great video!

    I think the source for christians living Acts 2:42-47, both then and now, and Trey accomplishing so much is because the Holy Spirit lives in them. I am not undermining the job of moms – Trey’s sister. A testimony for not believing in major evolution is due to the fact that moms still have only two arms!

    I will be the first to admit that sometimes selfish desires hinder the Spirit in my life and in my ministry.

    Signed,
    Trey’s brother

  14. Brian Nicklaus says:

    wow! that was great…I mean sad…wow!
    and hilarious, but in a sad kind of way…I believe satire can be a teaching tool because it presents such a sharp view, like the list of ways to raise a juvenile delinquent.

    thanks for sharing that.

    kathy, peter and paul had it easy, they didn’t have blogs or bulletins to work on every week.

  15. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,

    Have you heard the song “Heart of Worship”? I could not help but notice most the people sounded like little kids. Pretty self centered.

    On the other hand if everyone knew what everyone was giving it might motivate some to give. (Not saying this is the Biblical model)And, although we don’t come to be the focus in worship, some so called worship services don’t focus on God either. They focus on the church. And We should be edified. Hebrews 10 is about spurring one another on. There is an unselfish comment sometimes that says I didn’t get much out of that. Are we feeding / feasting or are the people starving?

    James

  16. Bob Bliss says:

    Charles Colson wrote a book years ago called The Body. He called this phenomena “McChurch.” I think this is an interesting adaptation since Burger King is the fast food place that built their reputation on “have it your way” not McDonalds (maybe we could call it “king church” or “burger church” but neither of those sounds as spiffy as “McChurch”). Anyway, Colson talked about the same selfishness the permeates the church today. Michael Weed (and others) wrote The Worldly Church (I think it’s over 20 years old) where they talked about how “needs fulfillment” ministries tend to make us selfish and demanding. Thank God we have grace to forgive us of our selfishness.

  17. mm says:

    Trey’s Brother,

    Touché!

    Signed,

    Trey’s Sister

  18. Trey Morgan says:

    It’s a sibling battle. ANd I’ve missed it. Shoot.

    Bob … Couple of good books you’ve mentioned there. I especially like the Colson one.

    Kathy… I must respond to the “where I get the time comment.” You have to remember, “I’m a preacher,” I only work one day a week (so I’m told). So I have lots of time for all those other things…. :)

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