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Fellowship in the Woodlands

Wayne549 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 4:37 PM
Mike, the story you relate rings so true all across the USA. The mega churches bring in so many people that would never darken the door of a traditional church. Many dedicated Christians are thrilled to see the large attendance and think that this is the way to grow. But when the statistics are tallied and the results are reviewed, an entirely different picture emerges. We often find that the full gospel is not being preached because it might "step on too many toes", and we find that not many disciples are being made. Their life styles are not changed. These shallow Christians just add one more activity to their busy schedule and keep on doing all that they did before. And they rarely develop any kind of tithing habit. Most just...
Colonialgirl Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 10:42 PM
As the Bible says; "Narrow is the gateway and FEW there be that will find it". Large crowds do NOT indicate a church preaching the truth.
inkling_revival Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 9:51 AM
Nor do they indicate a church NOT preaching the truth. Learn the lesson, ColonialGirl: size does not count, not in this matter. Neither big nor small is better; devotion and obedience are the important things.
Chries Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:24 PM
What's the definition of a "mega church?"

I think I attend one (does 4-5,000 members qualify?), but the reason I attend is because I appreciate the uncompromising gospel that is preached from the pulpit.

Some commenting on this thread seem to be indicting mega churches as "the problem." I visited a small congregation over the holidays that may as well have been a lecture hall on a college campus - "all of us are God's children; everyone is basically good, and all that rot.

Mega churches are not the problem, folks. Most Christians who are so intent on identifying the problem could probably start by looking in the mirror and asking, "What am I doing to fulfill the Great Commission?"
Colonialgirl Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 10:43 PM
"mega Churches" are all about enriching s preacher and providing an entertainment on SUnday to make peopple feel good; Then they go out and SIN the rest of the week having learned NOTHING.
inkling_revival Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 9:50 AM
If your church has 5,000 members, it's a megachurch. So what? What does size have to do with anything, apart from ensuring that the ministry is well-funded? I attended a church of 20 people, and we asked the same question: "What am I doing to fulfill Christ's commands?"

Most of America's problems are cultural. Even our economic problems stem from the cultural rejection of personal responsibility and the acceptance of collective responsibility. And none of our problems would be as bad if the church was still shaping the culture instead of merely responding to it. I was reminded of this during my annual holiday trip home to The Woodlands, Texas.

I've attended Christmas Eve services four out of the last six years at the Woodlands Church (formerly Fellowship of the Woodlands), which is a Southern Baptist mega church that keeps its Baptist affiliation well hidden from the general...