Quit going to church


Every day in October I’m sharing an excerpt from one of my favorite books of faith. Today’s words need to be read carefully. My book review here.

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Excerpt from Quit Going to Church

     I pray for you to quit going to church . . . and start being the church.

     I pray you will quit saying your prayers . . . and make it a habit instead to keep company with God.

     I pray you will quit sharing your faith . . . and share your life.

     I pray for you to quit tithing and replace the “ten percent way” of the law with the “hundred percent way” of Jesus.

     I pray that you will quit volunteering . . . and start exercising your gifts with greater effectiveness and enjoyment in God’s service.

     I pray that you will quit being nice . . . and be real instead.

     I pray for you to quit fellowshipping and start partying.

     I pray that you will give up all attempts to be good and instead focus on one thing—the better thing—of daily dwelling in Jesus’ presence.

    I pray that you will quit enjoying worship and inspiring yourself in worship . . . and instead focus your worship on making God happy.

     And, finally, I pray that you will quit camping out in the center of God’s will and instead be courageous and full of faith, boldly embracing uncertainty and trusting God for the results.

– Bob Hostetler

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4 thoughts on “Quit going to church

  1. Mia

    Dear Lisa
    I cannot agree more. We cannot “go” to church when we ourselves ARE the church. I would love to read this book. I have never before heard of this author or this book!
    Blessings XX

    1. Lisa notes...

      I know you would love it, Mia. It’s just full of page after page of these kind of “radical” ideas. I saw a t-shirt Saturday that you also would love: “The church has left the building.” I need to find one of those. Being the hands and feet of God to everyone we meet–that’s a true mission.

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