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Assembling – With or Without God

March 19, 2014

Many of you probably know that little over a year ago, in January 2013, an “atheist church” started in London; it has since spread to a number of other places around UK and indeed the globe. The official name is “The Sunday Assembly”, although a lot of people seem to go for “atheist church” – maybe because it sounds more controversial?

Now, it’s certainly interesting (strange?) that so many people feel they want to go to church services without having to bring God into the equation… but even more interesting is how they describe themselves:

The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrate life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. 

Now, what do you think: apart from the word “godless”, shouldn’t we all agree with everything in that statement?

“celebrate life” – yes, indeed! God is good, and he wants us to enjoy life. And worshipping the giver of life must surely be a great way of celebrating life!

“live better, help often, wonder more” – who can disagree with that? I know the church has a reputation for not allowing questions; well, it’s time we changed that reputation. The best way to learn is to ask questions; Christians shouldn’t be scared of honest enquiry. We don’t know everything, and that’s fine – so keep wondering! (As long as you’re prepared to find answers…)

The church should definitely be willing to help people fulfil their potential – we surely don’t want to hold people back? Realising your potential, finding out what God wants you to do with your life, is going to be more fulfilling than anything you could imagine!

It’s such a shame that the Sunday assembly tries to do all these things without including the Creator and Saviour, the giver of life (temporal and eternal). I don’t think it’s even possible, but never mind; let’s just show them that we can do it better! Let’s make 2014 a year when people see the church celebrating life and helping people fulfil their God-given potential as humans and disciples. Who knows – we might even see our Sunday gatherings grow as a result!



From → Christianity, Faith, Jesus

  1. The real difference is that without God it’s all about me; we want to have the fullness of life in Him.

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