While out of town for all of last week, the day before I had to return home, I went to a local Barnes & Noble. As I was perusing the Christianity section, a gentleman asked me what I read lately (what a dangerous question, since I am always reading something). I told him.
He picked up Crash The Chatterbox by Steve Furtick, pastor Elevation Church, one of America’s fastest growing megachurches, located in North Carolina. He then asked me if I had read Furtick’s other book, Sun Stand Still. I told him that while I knew who Steve Furtick is, I don’t know if I’ll read his books.
We got to talking about our church backgrounds. Like Steve Furtick, I told him I too was a Southern Baptist and how I appreciate the fresh voice of a Steve Furtick. He told me he grew up in a Lutheran home but has moved away from that.
He now worships in his living room on Sundays with the live streaming of Steve Furtick and the Elevation Church.
I looked at my watch and I realized that I had to meet up with a few friends for dinner. I was already running late.
But on my way out, a thought came to me. I didn’t mind running late. I wanted to find out from the gentleman–How does he experience church community from his living room, while worshiping to the live streaming of Steve Furtick and the Elevation Church?
For some reason, I couldn’t find him, and I had to get to dinner.
Now, I can understand if this young man is searching and Steve Furtick is filling a void, but if this young man’s living room becomes not a means but an end to doing church, then I fear for him.
While I am not here questioning the young man’s salvation experience in the Lord, I am very concern about his growth in the Lord, which is to take place in a local church community.
Neither do I believe the Apostle Paul intended for his sermon scrolls to be read in one’s living room apart from that communal experience in a local church.
So I hope there is something in Steve Furtick preaching and teaching that would challenge this young man to get plugged in a local church and quit being a fan of Steve Furtick and the Elevation Church.