I guess what’s bothering me a bit is that I have to go outside my tribe (Restoration Movement – Independent Christian Church and Churches of Christ) to find events and hear preaching like this. We do have some wonderful events/conventions, but frankly, they are not at the same level. I was taught in college that we were the “people of the book.” I am not convinced that we have a monopoly on that. In fact, I think we’re getting out butts kicked in that area by some other groups.
The TGC and T4G crowd have been called, “Young, Restless, and Reformed”. Dissatisfied with the status quo that they have experienced in their congregations, they are starting to read, study, and promote some of the core doctrines that launched the Protestant Reformation. I’m wondering whether the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ can demonstrate a similar rebirth. Does our movement have significant numbers of people who can be identified as, “Young, Restless, and Restorationist”? Surely there are people in their 20’s and 30’s who have grown weary of the “same old church thing” and would be eager to embrace a return to the church as depicted on the pages of the New Testament. Our Calvinist friends have demonstrated that young people are not averse to things of a spiritual/biblical nature. May the Lord raise up leaders in our movement who are able to capture the imaginations of our young and bright believers.