Change the Culture of the Church

Be Open and Honest


Is church or small group a place to socialize and make small talk? Or are we diving beneath the surface to talk about the sins and struggles of our daily lives? In this post, Steve Midgley, Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK, encourages believers to change the culture of their church by being authentic and honest with one another. Since we are all in process, nobody has a polished or finished testimony. Instead, we need to experience how the gospel is meant to invade our daily lives. 



It is the mutual responsibility of believers to look out for, care for, and mature one another through the sharing of struggles and sin. 


Have you ever been part of a small group or church in which small talk and socializing seemed to be the main goal? Did this spiritually grow or mature you in a significant way? Why or why not?
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Among your closest Christian friends and community, does your conversation during Bible study differ from your conversations with one another in everyday life? What steps could you take to begin to close the gap between these two types of conversations, so that there is no difference?
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Steve mentioned that the way to begin creating an authentic atmosphere with other believers is to first experience Christ in an authentic way yourself. Have you experienced Christ in an authentic way? What did that look like? How might you share about this experience with others?
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How would you describe the difference between a polished testimony, and a testimony in process? Do you ever feel hesitant to share something that is in-process? Why?
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This week, what are steps you could take to create a more authentic and honest community with other believers? What could you share that God is doing in your life today?
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We can experience the way the gospel invades the here-and-now of our daily lives through the authentic, honest presence of community with other believers. When we engage in this type of community, the culture of the church begins to change. 



To learn more about The Biblical Counseling Coalition, click here.