In the book unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters, authors David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons expoase a number of perceptions held by people about church.
A few of those perceptions are,
These perceptions, as noted, more often than not, have nothing to do with Jesus or His message. It's not the mystery of the cross, nor the cost of discipleship that become snares.
Here are a few of the questions I believe each of us must wrestle with.
Does our church actually provide an environment congruent with what we hope people will experience?
Are the aforementioned perceptions of those not a part of the church confirmed during their "worship" experience or are they presented with a new reality of "church" and the people of God?
My hope is that not only will people discover the life-transforming power found only in the message of Christ, but that they will also experience the essence of community.