Church That Doesn’t Suck?

Some people see our shirts, fliers and blog and say, “church that doesn’t suck? About time!” Others get offended and
want to know if we are saying that their church sucks.  Well, frankly, most do.
If you pick up the book ‘Unchristian’ then you will discover that the overwhelming majority of people just in the 16-36 age
bracket when asked what they think of the church respond that it is ‘irrelevant’, ‘judgmental’, ‘hypocritical’ and ‘boring.’
One study found that while more than 2/3 of Americans born before 1945 identify themselves as Christian only 1/3 of
those born between 1945 and 1964 identified themselves as such and only 15% of those born between ’64 and ’79 are willing to wear the badge ‘Christian’ but only 3% of those born after 1979 will do so. 
Notice a trend? See a problem?
Those polled in these surveys state that they are very interested in Jesus just not the church.
The leadership of Revolution believes that Jesus is not the problem…the church is! 
We believe deeply that the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not change but has in fact been once and for all delivered to the church (Jude 3) but we also believe that the way the Gospel is proclaimed has and always will change (1 Cor. 9:19-23).
So why will Revolution not suck? We will preach the Gospel with all of its rough edges as we work through the Bible
verse-by-verse.  We will worship with loud music that ranges from alt. indie to hard rock to whatever (Psalm 144:9).
We will move from worship to groups where, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will train our fellow insurgents through
spiritual disciplines and social justice as we hit the streets of Portsmouth to care for the least among us (Matt. 25:31-46).
We kick off August 31st at a location soon to be disclosed.  Stay tuned.

by Matt Rawlings, Pastor of Revolution


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