I’m wanting to hear from a different set of worshipers of the Son! I’ve been looking for people who were originally and spiritually “born into” Christ outside of organized religion, and have continued to pursue community with other believers this way.
Since I became aware of church as a living entity–often referred to as organic, I’ve been reading lots online by like-minded brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. What I mostly find are blogs (kind of like mine) from the perspective of people who have left institutional styles of churches and are now journeying into the freedom of meeting with the Lord Jesus alone as the head.
Here’s the negative side: those of us in this catagory of the “formerly churched” have baggage to deal with because of the paradigm shift from the bonds of religion to the bonds of Christ only. We have issues–doctrinal concerns, frustrations, and sometimes, bitternesses–with the typical, contemporary versions of church.
Wading through all that can be depressing, and be yet-another-diversion that takes the focus from Jesus.
I have begun to ask around for connections to people who have been spiritually reborn into an organic expression of the church, having never been encumbered by the perspective of mainstream Christianity.
I would love to share with you the first blog I was introduced to on this new quest: Christopher Kirk (whose name awesomely means, “Bearer of Christ to the Church”) writes a blog called NotesFromTheBridge.
I’d like to especially point out his post entitled “The Nuts and Bolts of Relational, Organic, Simple, House Church.” It was encouraging for me to read as it describes well what I’ve been experiencing with family and friends the last few years, as well as a bit more of the path that God can lead us in.