Jared has written his 30 Theses (Give or Take): A Ramblin’ Rant in Helpful Bullet Point Format. Here are the first eight – but you have to go read them all:
1. Discipleship is designed to be experienced in community. God saves individuals, but He does not save them to an individual faith but to a kingdom life populated with other citizens who share that faith.
2. The Bible designates one vessel to hold this kingdom community, and it is The Church. You might fraternize with other believers in coffee shops, informal communes, online chat rooms or forums, blogs, bars, or the big outdoors, but only biblical churches satisfy the discipleship need for The Church.
3. Honest Christians will differ on what constitutes a “biblical church,” and while disagreement is understandable and okay, beware of any church that says, explicitly or implicitly, “we do it right” or “we do it better” than the church down the street.
4. Ecclesiological one-upmanship (“My church is better than your church”) is a sin.
5. The reason you should not give up on church or The Church is because Jesus did not give up on you. And if He calls the church His Body, giving up on it means giving up on Him.
6. There are no perfect churches, especially if they have people in them.
7. Expecting a church to “fit” you or to always be comfortable or catering to your needs is arrogance and foolishness.
8. You can pick your friends and you can pick your church, but as in all families, you don’t get to pick who’s in The Body. Only God can do that. And when you decide certain people (or certain churches) are not worthy of your presence, ask yourself if you are worthy of God’s. (Hint: You’re not. But he came into your life anyway.)
That, my friends, is good stuff.
Now, what are you waiting for? There are 24 more to go. Get readin’!