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Preach the Bible (It’s Worked for 2000 Years!)

Churches today are wrestling with how to reach our culture.  Some adapt to the culture in every way possible.  They adopt the language, the lingo, the trends, the fashion, the art, the music, etc. to try to win people to their church (and notice I say church instead of Christ).  They base this loosely upon 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 where they feel they have found a precedent for living like the world around them in order to win them to their cause.

Others merely avoid any theological or cultural issues and preach a safe, happy message (call it the Joel Osteen gospel).  They avoid preaching on damnation, on righteousness, on the judgment to come, the wrath of God against sin, the wages of sin being death, etc.  They preach a happy, feel good, consumer driven message that generates lots and lots and lots of money and that satisfies their desires.  Their god becomes mammon (Matthew 6:24 NKJV).

Others seek to entertain the masses, keep them interested in spiritual things.  They have a kicking band, a hip speaker complete with light shows and usage of modern media.  Like those above, they avoid deep theological issues, avoid speaking of anything negative such as wrath, sin, judgment, holiness, etc.  They instead preach a happy, clappy message but this time with the working in of cool technology to keep people interested before they head home to watch the latest television programs.

And yet the Church is dying in the West.  I have a buddy who I met with just last night who is helping to plant a church in the Philly area.  He spoke to me of the deadness of the churches, of the number of churches closing, of how the masses are avoiding church.  I witnessed this when I recently visited Washington DC.  So few churches for so many people.  I recently read that Washington DC is one of the largest cities with low church attendance (less than 30%) along with New York City and Las Vegas.  So many people need the gospel but instead the churches are seeking to build churches based on experiences, on methods, on everything but the Bible.

We have seen times likes like this before.  When the early Church came into being on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), there were only 120 disciples who were in the Upper Room seeking God (Acts 1:14-15) yet God took those 120 Spirit-filled disciples and He multiplied the Church quickly.  In one day the Lord saved 3000 sinners (Acts 2:41).  We continue to see this type of growth in the book of Acts (see for example Acts 5:14; 11:24).  The Holy Spirit used the early Church powerfully through the faithful preaching of the gospel and this produced results.  The disciples were simply obeying the words of Jesus in Mark 16:15 to preach the gospel to all of creation.  Paul would later write in Colossians 1:6 that this gospel had gone out into all the world.  God was moving through the early disciples to reach people with the saving truth of Christ Jesus.

And that is the answer for us today.  It is not found in being hip or cool or having a nice praise band.  It is found in the gospel.  That simple message, that simple truth is what will see the Church in the West reach souls for the kingdom of Christ.  God has promised in Romans 1:16 that His power will be at work in the gospel.  The gospel is what will transform our world.  Change does not come through politics or through morality.  Transformation of our world comes through the gospel.  What will save the drunkard?  The racist?  The homosexuals?  The murderers?  The abortionists?  The drug users?  The religious?  It is nothing but the gospel that saves sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).  Jesus came to save the lost (Luke 19:10).  He came that He might reconcile us to God the Father through faith (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).  THIS is the message we should be preaching.  THIS should be what consumes us.  THIS should be our passionate praying (Matthew 9:37-38; 1 Timothy 2:1-6).  THIS should be what we use our money for and not on buildings or salaries but upon seeking to reach people with the gospel message through faithful preaching to them.  THIS should be the focus of the Bible teacher, to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16) and to go forth into the world with the hope of the gospel (1 Peter 3:15-16).  THIS is why the Spirit of God was given to us (Acts 1:8) and not for an experience.  Our passion should be the gospel of Jesus Christ because THIS alone will save sinners (John 3:1-7).  THIS alone will bring them out of the bondage and death of sin to the life of God in Christ (Ephesians 2:1-10).

I pray that THIS would be our passion, for the lost to hear the truth of the gospel (Romans 10:14-17).  What are you doing for the furtherance of the TRUTH (Acts 4:12)?

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

01/09/2013 at 11:45 AM

Posted in church, Culture, Evangelism, Missions

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  1. AMEN!

    JNj.

    01/09/2013 at 12:11 PM

  2. Amen Brother!! Preach the word in season or out of season and let the chips fall where they may!!

    stacy0063

    01/09/2013 at 1:04 PM

    • Who did Jesus give the Authority to preach? What came first the preaching church or the Bible? Were and when did the Bible come from?

      mpetersat

      01/10/2013 at 8:35 PM

      • What is your point other than seeking to defend the Catholic understanding of apostolic succession?


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