Who belongs at Church?

I’m working my way through the Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray.

I love this book and I’m only on chapter three. I love Stuart’s heart for what the church should be and who it should be for. Stuart’s belief that the church exists for everyone from seekers to committed disciples is awesome. We need to let people make up their own minds by providing same places for them to question and learn. Not to grow wide, but simply to grow person by person for the glory of God.

From page 61:

But their ethos is one of following, learning, changing, growing, moving forward. Together, and as we reflect on the Gospels (and the rest of Scripture), we discover more of what it means to follow Jesus.

Such churches may be very good news indeed to those who need time to work through the implications of the story of Jesus that they have encountered for the first time. And to those who are more interested in lifestyle issues than theological beliefs. And to those who use “journey” imagery to describe their search for spiritual meaning. And to those of us who know we still have some way to go in following Jesus and are grateful for the support and encouragement of others who are on the same journey.

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