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Relational

Relational

We talk a lot about being relational at Cornerstone but what does it mean to be relational? Adrian Warnock on Patheos.com helps us move the term from abstract to concrete with an illuminating list of examples and comments about what relational Christianity looks like in practice. Enjoy.

  • Solo Christianity like solo sex is ultimately unsatisfying. We were built for authentic relationship, not business-like companionship
  • You know you are experiencing relational Christianity when the “business” meeting isn’t just called a family meeting, but it FEELS like one
  • Relational Christianity means that you have real friends at church even if you are one of the pastors. It values people over programs.
  • Relational Christianity is simply biblical Christianity where we follow the great commands to really love God and love each other.
  • Relational Christianity: involves fulfilling the Great Commission TOGETHER with others not building the empire of a denomination or group.
  • Relational Christianity means that you have church friends you could ring at 2am in an emergency and they’d take your call, and get up to help
  • Relational Christianity recognizes that although creeds and statements of faith may have a place, godly & gifted PEOPLE ensure Church purity
  • Relational Christianity forms churches that love a pastor too much to bleed him dry, burn him out, and spit him out. They ALL learn to pastor.
  • Relational Christianity: If a member of “your” church will clearly be better served by a different church then you should encourage them to go in peace.
  • Relational Christianity would never dare to hate ANY part of the Church: the bride for which our Lord Jesus died to save and be betrothed to.
  • Relational Christianity is based on an exclusive relationship with the One who saved and loved us, but it leads to an inclusive love for ALL
  • Relational Christianity does not see the other churches in your city as rivals, but as allies fighting in the same army against the same enemy.
  • Relational Christianity builds communities where grace is lived out and embodied not merely studied as a doctrine.
  • Relational Christianity doesn’t exist if before the service everyone sits in silent reverence, are passive during and after they all rush straight home
  • Relational Christianity: God designed us to need each other if we want to be sanctified E.G. marriage helps us realize we’re still selfish.
  • Relational Christianity gives honor to other Christians because we realize that only TOGETHER can we all reflect God’s multifaceted glory.
  • Relational Christianity is sacred. The church corporately embodies the experience of the Trinity who eternally relate.
  • Relational Christianity probably doesn’t exist in your church if none ever eats meals with each other. Jesus ate a LOT of meals with people.
  • Relational Christianity is not friendships based on common interests but fellowship with a common Lord causing fellowship with each other.
  • No matter how good your church service, relational Christianity can never happen in 1 to 2 hours of passivity on a Sunday and nothing else.
  • The truth is the Work of the Spirit is required to forge the kind of relationships required in relational Christianity: supernatural bonding.
  • Relational Christianity: Something is seriously wrong with your church if it contains only people you’d naturally have chosen to be with.
  • I would challenge anyone to show me how pursuing the “homogenous unit principle” and not diversity is compatible with relational Christianity.
  • An ideal local church reflects the make-up of its local population in terms of race, gender, and socioeconomic status as God loves everyone.
  • If your church is not attracting local people of a certain race, gender, or socioeconomic group ask, “How are we putting them off?”
  • If your town is 99% one racial group don’t beat yourself up if your church reflects that. But do seek ways to specifically love the 1%.
  • Relational Christianity is about being “brothers in arms,” together on a mission, not a social club together for the sake of being together.
  • Relational Christianity is really simply about loving God first and therefore loving your neighbor who is made in God’s image.

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