Never have to do anything alone

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LifeTime Fitness has started running ads amidst the music they play throughout the facility. Most of the time, they go unnoticed by me, but this one was a self-promotion about cycling groups and it caught my attention.

The point of the ad and the cycling group is to encourage participation, involvement and personal challenge toward fitness goals. The end of the ad focused on the participant joining and “never having to do anything alone.” Personally, there are times I enjoy being alone or even riding alone – it’s great quiet time.

What really caught my attention though is that they are focusing on people wanting to be a part of something for encouragement and sense of belonging. If we as humans, social beings, are looking so hard for ways to belong and fit in, why isn’t Christianity growing faster? No, seriously, I’m looking for responses, discussion and answers.

3 Responses to “Never have to do anything alone”

  1. Tim Dahl Says:

    With the exception of the western/developed countries, Christianity is exploding. At times I think we’ve morphed the Church into some consumptive conference time. Maybe the ways we’ve accommodated to culture is not in any way that we normally think of it.

    Tim

  2. rand Says:

    True about the western/developed countries. So, what all does that say about us that live here? In the book “unfashionable” Tchividjian talks about that if we don’t set ourselves apart from contemporary culture, what do we have to offer them (speaking of both Christian and church)?
    Are we communicating the wrong way? Are we not practicing what we preach? Are we poor witnesses? Are we showing Christianity is boring? Are we showing a life-on-earth change? Or instead are we communicating by action that Christianity only has postmortem benefit? Our lifestyle should be attracting people. Are we letting it?
    (Tim, the above comments aren’t directed at you, but all who read and want to respond.)

  3. David Troublefield Says:

    “. . . listed below are ten recent statements from church growth experts about conditions of the world and the nation to which Baptist General Convention of Texas churches seek to minister evangelistically in the name of Christ. Read the list for the view its gives of Great Commission efforts being made now:

    • One in 10 people in the world is an active Christian (in 6 million Christian churches)
    • 90,000 people become Christians daily worldwide (20,000 in Africa; 15,000 in India)
    • 35% of Korea’s population is Christian (56% of Russia’s and 15% of Indonesian’s)
    • Largest English-speaking mission field in the world: United States of America
    • 100 million Americans are unchurched (in no religious services during last 6 months)
    • American churches on average: need 85 members to win one soul for Jesus Christ
    • Each day, 411 Americans convert to Islam, 872 become Mormons (Buddhism growing)
    • 69% of all SBC congregations were plateaued/declining numerically in 2006 (30,470)
    • 2006: 27,521 of 44,223 SBC congregations reported 0-5 baptisms (274 reported 100+)
    • 11 million Texans are unchurched, but one in 10 Texans is a BGCT Texas Baptist

    “It’s true that the list above doesn’t tell the whole evangelism story in the world today, but the message seems clear anyway that: (1) a great harvest is being reaped outside of the United States because non-Christians in other countries are responding in incredible numbers with repentance toward God and faith in Christ as the good news about Jesus is shared intentionally by missionaries or other believers in relevant and relational ways; (2) similar potential for spiritual awakening exists in the U.S. among its tens of millions who also are unsaved but curious; and, (3) the average American Christian and church functions far less intentionally, relationally, and relevantly in evangelism than do believers living for the Lord Jesus elsewhere in the world. The info above suggests, too, that future generations of lost Americans will be won by some gospel even if that ‘good news’ has nothing at all to do with Jesus Christ—and that prospect simply isn’t acceptable to any serious follower of Him . . .”

    From: “Evangelistic Small Groups – How Your Church Can Have them in 2009,” available at the BGCT’s website here (with sources cited): http://www.bgct.org/texasbaptists/Page.aspx?pid=5828&srcid=5817.

    “Doesn’t have to be; let it start with me”–a good perspective to put into practice, and to guide our churches to if we happen to be their elected leaders.

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