The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom 1 ~  Are You Attractive?

The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom 1 ~ Are You Attractive?

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by in Kingdom Notes eZine, Kingdom Lifestyle

If you are involved in church/ministry leadership, I am sure you are aware of the reported condition of North American Christendom and the traditional church structure. While there may be a couple of organizations that claim growth, as a whole, Christendom or the traditional organized church is on a steady decline. In fact, there are those who are labeling our culture now as post-christian. Whatever you may think, I believe most of us would say ministry is much more challenging today that just a few years ago.

We live in a culture where many individuals are spiritually hungry, especially among those under thirty. However, this hunger has not resulted in what we typically call church growth. In fact, many of these hungry people are not interested in organized religion or church: in fact, many are actually turned off by traditional church.[1]

Depending upon whom you listen to, there are numerous ideas as to why people have lost interest in church today; one of the biggest reasons being – the actions of those who call themselves Christian. Gandhi is reported as saying; “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”  This could be the statement made by many people today, especially the younger generation or those labeled the Millenniums.

Some of the common complaints about Christians are that they are:
Hypocritical, judgmental and their acts of serving or “evangelism” are agenda based. It is also noted by many researchers that there is little difference in the behavior of Christians and non-christians in areas such as divorce and charitable giving as well as minimal differences in how they define success and pursue materialism. On the other hand, my interaction with the younger generation reveals a high value placed on attributes such as transparency, authenticity, compassion, community and purpose.

While this cultural shift has created challenges for traditional ministry, I believe there is actually a silver lining to this cloud. What is exciting to me is that this time of spiritual tension is actually creating the scenario that will allow Kingdom disciples to make an impact on these hungry individuals. There is a true kingdom lifestyle, based on a transformational process of restoration and incarnational demonstration,  (Incarnational refers to the belief that Christians are to function as Jesus Christ to humanity and represent the incarnated Word of God to all people) which will answer the complaints and fulfill the spiritual longing of these anti Christians. There is a lifestyle of the Kingdom that actually can be truly attractive.

According to one source, the definition of attract is:
1. to draw to oneself by conspicuous behavior or appearance
2. to exert a force that tends to cause an approach or oppose a separation:
3. to possess some property that pulls or draws (something) towards itself
4. to exert a pleasing, alluring, or fascinating influence (upon); be attractive (to)

To be attractional means that by our behavior, both in word and deed, creates a compelling force, if you will, that draws others.

There is a lifestyle of kingdom living that will be so different that it will actually draw others to become a part of it.  Because this lifestyle is based on discipleship and a relationship with Jesus, the behavior is not legalistic or fake. It is a manifestation of what Jesus has done for and in us. It is a genuine incarnational demonstration, based on an intimate relationship. The results ~ a lifestyle so radically different from the world’s values that it attracts the spiritually hungry!

It is my plan to start a series of Kingdom Notes, which describes the unique lifestyle of the Kingdom. Using the Sermon On The Mount, we will explore Jesus’ teaching regarding a spiritual transformation of character that produces a distinctive lifestyle. It is my firm conviction that should we begin to live in a way that is an embodiment of the nature of Jesus, we will actually become attractive to others; thus the title – The Attractional Lifestyle of the Kingdom. In past teaching sessions on this topic, the Lord has ministered healing and restoration to His people. Truly living the Kingdom lifestyle is one of transformation and empowerment that makes our King and His kingdom attractional.

To begin, the next note I will lay the foundation of what the Kingdom is. Looking forward to your input.

Till next time ~
Martin

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Dr Martin lives in St Louis with his wife Ava and their dog Zoe. He is available to speak to your local assembly, organization or ministry. His focus is ministering the principles of Kingdom Authority that empower believers to use their spiritual gifts, demonstrating the miraculous power of Jesus and his kingdom. The results: increased faith and the potential for greater revival and harvest. For more about our ministry check  us out here


[1] There are many authors who have researched and written about this. One such is …… UnChristian

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5 Responses to “The Attractional Lifestyle Of The Kingdom 1 ~ Are You Attractive?”

  1. Mark

    24. May, 2012

    I look forward to reading more. I believe there is nothing more important than a Christian to first exhibit the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Character of Jesus) in our life not only for reaching out to others, but also for our own peace, shalom.

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  2. Vince DeMuth

    24. May, 2012

    Thanks Martin! Been missing your writings. Looking forward to the next one. I will be passing this on to friends in KY. Blessings to you!

    Vince

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  3. Nana Attobrah

    28. May, 2012

    Heartiest thanks Martin. I’m facing a fierce opposition from the pastors and the ministers of the church that I attend concerning this very subject. No one wants to hear and reflect on what I’m trying to get across. The congregation is enslaved. Doctrines, dogmas and strigent rules are placed on the people who ignorantly are seeing in these personalities, “leaders” as their saviors.
    Sad, sad, sad to see a pastor taking the pulpit and use over an hour to blast me in a fiery way. Branding me an agent of the devil, planted in the church to destroy it. Yes that’s what “christianity” has turned into. God save us all. Looking forward for the next posting. God bless.

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  4. Keith

    01. Jun, 2012

    Martin,

    Thank you for such an informative post. It is amazing to see the Lord drawing the heart’s of people to Him as a result of His people exuding His character.

    The days where men who have built their own kingdoms and called it church are coming to an end! Their profiteering from the children of God is also coming to an end. The Lord is restoring His church according to His blueprint and it’s marvelous in our eyes!

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