If you have been around church much in your life, when you think of church, there is probably one thing that comes to mind for nearly every person: the sermon.
Almost every church has one. Many of them (like mine) have tended to be quite lengthy. Some of them are quite good, even inspiring. In fact, after I listen to a good sermon, I will really want to change.
But then, if you’re anything like me, somewhere between the end of the sermon and the time you get home from church, that desire to change is pretty much gone as well as whatever the sermon was about.
We live in the information age.
- 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute!
- Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day.
- There are over 700,000 podcasts and 29 million podcast episodes in 100 different languages.
- Weekly podcast listeners listen to 6hrs & 37min of podcasts per week.
- Between 600,000 & 1,000,000 books are published in the US every year.
If you want to learn anything about anything you can do that today. And all that power is sitting in the pocket of most people. 2.5 billion people on the planet are using smartphones.
With all that available content, you would think our churches would be full of people who can walk on water. But that’s simply not the case. At a time when we have access to more knowledge, information and wisdom about following Jesus, fewer people look like him. I can’t recall the name of the study, but the findings were essentially that most Christians think, speak and act like non-Christians. We may verbally express different moral beliefs. But, we watch the same movies, TV shows, and practice moral living quite similarly to the those who don’t believe.
wledge, information and wisdom about following Jesus, fewer people look like him. I can’t recall the name of the study, but the findings were essentially that most Christians think, speak and act like non-Christians. We may verbally express different moral beliefs. But, we watch the same movies, TV shows, and practice moral living quite similarly to the those who don’t believe.
We have more content about being a Christian available than ever before…and it hasn’t changed a thing.
That’s because being a Christ follower isn’t just about content. Content is important. Knowing what and why you believe matter. But only if your life coincides with that belief.
Discipleship isn’t just about the right content, it’s about the right context. Specifically, we have to create the right context in our lives for God to shape and transform us.
This is why I have been obsessed with the idea of spiritual formation, habit formation and what it takes to really change.
Self-help books are a 10 billion dollar a year industry, the most popular focus being weight loss, nutrition and exercise. And yet, as a society, obesity is on the rise, along with diabetes and other health related problems. Why? Because reading a self help book only helps if you apply the principles to your life.
And most people want to apply healthy living principles to their lives. Just like most Christians want to live good Christian lives. But desire and information alone aren’t enough. If you want to get healthy physically, you have to start change the way you live. It’s not just applying the principles, but going through the process to make those principles a part of your day to day life that will change you waistline.
So, we have been working on creating a different approach to becoming like Christ. I call it the Jesus Habit. Using Scripture and science to make your new nature in Christ, second nature.
It’s not what you do on Sunday, but what you do every day that makes you a disciple of Jesus. And our approach with the Jesus habit is to help you build the habits into your life that create the context for God to transform your heart, mind, soul and being.
Do you want to change, but keep hitting the same limits and walls? I would almost bet the problem isn’t informational. I bet the problem is the context of your life is competing with and consuming any space for God to work.
We would love to help you.
Simply go to The Jesus Habit to get more information.