What are we studying:
The Faith and Friends Sunday Bible study will start a new series on November 4—The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripkin.
In the prolog, Nik relates a story that happened to him. While in a public meeting in China, he commented on the large number of conversions for Christ that is occurring there. Afterward, one his hosts met privately with him and said those numbers are not really correct and suggested a different way of interpreting the numbers being bandied globally. Here’s what Nik’s friend told him:
“Probably two-thirds of the people you mentioned regularly attend a house church. Most of those people have been baptized. Most of those people contribute financially to the work of a house church.” He paused before continuing: “But we do not consider church members to be true followers of Jesus until they have led other people to Christ and until they have helped plant more house churches.”
Nik found himself moving into the mode of researcher as he began to absorb his friend’s comment, but then he stopped short, seized by the implications of what this church leader was suggesting. The next question which entered his mind was intensely personal: Am I simply a member of the church or am I a true follower of Jesus Christ?
If you want to be challenged, this will be the class for you.