Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Gospel Trumps Strategy

I'm just lifting this directly from Triple D.
A couple of good quotes this morning on the gospel and ministry.

First, from R.C. Sproul in the latest edition of The White Horse Inn:
"The American church is so much seduced by being successful, by being powerful, that we look for power in programs, in experiences, in entertainment, in psychological applications - everywhere but where God has placed the power, which is in the gospel."

Then this from Ed Stetzer:
"If we fail to regain confidence in the gospel, subsequent generations will continue to walk away from it. Staying culturally relevant is important, and it is beneficial to minister in fresh, new ways. After all, we must remove any roadblocks that keep people from getting to Jesus. But, in the end, if strategies and systems replace the core of the gospel, its meaning and power will be lost."

HT: Transforming Sermons


KinleyW said...

It is amazing how since Creation we have been choosing between Life and Knowledge. Adam and Eve had that choice and we still have that choice. We can choose the gospel and to be driven by the Life it gives through Christ's righteouseness. On the flip side, we can choose Knowledge: flowery sermons full of big words but little substance, program after program, Bible study upon Bible study. When is enough, enough!? How many sermons, studies, retreats can we sit through and still live a life void of showing others the glory of God through the gospel? When will our worship break through the walls of the church and into the surrounding community?

Jared said...

Kinley, good question. I think the answer is: "As soon as any of us wants it to."

But as for when the Church corporate will get there? No idea.

Trying to keep hope alive.