Swimming Upstream: “What Do You See For The Church 5 Years From Now?”

church2“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life,” said George Burns (1896 – 1996).

Who can forget George Burns’  Oh, God! movie; it  was hilarious. But his witty quote about the future captures what we Christians should be planning and praying for:

as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17)

It does not take spiritual eyes to look at our present church scene and see problems galore. Division. Doctrinal disagreements. Political schisms. Gay rights. Abortion. Helping the poor. Racism. Etc. Etc. Etc.

What happens in the future depends on what we Christians do now, not on how we react when the future arrives. Our faith. Our prayers. Our actions. All of this determines what the church will be in the future.

So, what do you see for the church five years from now?

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.


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3 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “What Do You See For The Church 5 Years From Now?”

  1. In 1982, Mike Bickle felt the Lord said to him, “I will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in the earth in one generation.”

    So far, most unbelievers and many so-called believers see the church as irrelevant and unneeded. It’s church as usual, same-o, same-o.

    But I really believe that in five years we will see the beginnings of the Lord changing the church and Christianity. It will be messy. The church as a whole will resemble a construction and demolition zone. Parts here. Parts there. Parts everywhere. Sections uprooted and torn apart.

    It will definitely not be church as a usual.

    So, what I see five years from now is the Church as a whole going through major changes and upheaval. This upheaval may last for years and years until the Lord makes the changes He wants in His Bride.

  2. Larry, I think the next five years will bring a major upheaval in the Church. I believe that those who truly belong to Christ will take a stand despite the consequence of what may happen. It will be a fire that will reveal the true Christians.

  3. marianne,

    Thanks. I agree with you.

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