Mayday – What’s the Emergency? #1
Scripture Reference: Matthew 28:16-20
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Mayday- is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice-procedure radio communications.
It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by aviators and mariners, but in some country’s local organizations such as firefighters, police forces, and transportation organizations also use the term. The call is always given three times in a row ("Mayday Mayday Mayday") to prevent its being mistaken for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual mayday call from a message about a mayday call.
What was your last “Mayday”? Finances, Marriage, Kids, Career, that Phone call, etc.. you know that one scenario where you broke down.
What’s the Emergency?
This message is build a case for the next 3 messages to solve.
Welcome to a new era. For the first time in American Culture we are a Post-Christian Culture.
What does that mean? It is a society rooted in the history, culture, and practices of Christianity but in which the religious beliefs of Christianity have been either rejected, disregarded or forgotten. It is the loss of the primacy of the Christian worldview in world or national political affairs.
Joel’s Definition - Post Christianity – It is the after-thought instead of the first thought.
Most of the messages I do are geared to improving the life of the Believer. This series is geared to improve the life of the Non-Believer.
Old Model – New Model
We are largely “doing Church” on a model that was initiated around 500 years ago. They contain these things in some sort of order:
Prayer, 3-ish Songs, Scripture Reading & Message, Song & Prayer - sure we have added lights and sound systems but overall the concept of church hasn’t changed.
The first automobile was invented in 1886, Henry Ford began the mass production of the automobile in 1908. Look how much has changed in the last 120 years.
If Apple and Samsung do not come out with a new innovative phone every 2 years, they are signing their bankruptcy papers.
The same way my son will never know what phone connected to the wall is because it has become outdated is the way they also view innovative style of the church. We are a rotary phone in an iPhone era.
Somehow, the 500-year-old European (both Protestant and Catholic) model of church isn’t working after 500 years.
Because we are so familiar with scripture, we think it is common when we read “Jesus got in a boat and preached.” That was not common but innovative.
Why is this model failing today?
This model is based on 150-160 church encounters per year (being physically present at a place of worship). This worked up until about 50 years ago when we started see a decline in Church Encounters.
30 years ago, this was still a trend - 150 church encounters year. Look at what has happened over the last 30 years.
We either create culture, join culture or get swept away by the culture.
US Stats: (BARNA 2017 released)
38% Active Church goers (1 Church Encounter a Month)
43% Completely Unchurched
34% Are De-Churched – Used to attend Church but do not anymore.
73% Self Identify as Christians but 31% are practicing (This includes Protestant and Catholic) meaning they attend a religious service once a month.
48% Post Christian Group
80% of Churches are in decline
17% are growing but only by transfer of members.
3% are growing by actually winning a Lost person to Christ.
25 church encounters a year for someone who is a consistent church member. (From 150 to 25)
2.1-2.4 times per month (this is high comparatively)
48% of people in Sulphur Springs claim no church home (haven’t been to church in 6 months or longer) or affiliation to God.
At these current TWBC Trends, to win 50 people to Christ and get them involved in a discipleship/walk with Christ it will take 1000 Church encounters (not relational encounters).
If consistent attendance is 1 time a month for a believer, that means if we want someone to be a consistent church attender at 30, there first encounter has to take place at 24.
This model is failing because we’ve built a “Come to me” model when Jesus setup a “Go to them” system.
Mayday Mayday Mayday
The worst crisis that there is, is not the crisis you are aware of, but the one you do not see.
This trend is the Carbon monoxide of our culture today. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, which can cause sudden illness and death.
What if the greatest issue we face in Christianity is not an outside threat, but an inside neglect.
But I find hope in Job 14:7-9
“For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. 8 Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, 9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant.
So, what is the answer? Take a Selfie, who is the picture? There is the answer!
Over the next few weeks of the series we are going to equip “The Answer” with the tools to reverse the trend.
The question is “Will Mayday become My Day?”
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