“For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).
I love technology! God has allowed technology to advance at a rapid pace. I wonder how many Peter and Paul could’ve converted traveling by car, bus, train, and plane. How many in their day would’ve been saved if they’d had our messaging tools of email, text, blog, telephone, television, and radio? But God’s timing is always perfect and the first century was the perfect time for Jesus to come and for the church to begin (Romans 5:6).
Besides, WE are Peter and Paul in today’s generation. Spreading the good news of God’s grace through Jesus Christ is now OUR responsibility and we have all the tools they had plus the ones listed above.
Maybe the question is, why aren’t we doing it better? Why is the church in North America not growing but shrinking? Is there something wrong with the message? Not if we’re preaching the message they preached in the first century. They consistently preached the same message and it was accepted by multitudes of people.
May we be the church that eats, sleeps, and breathes Jesus Christ.
It used to be that we were the only ones claiming to be “non-denominational”, but now that claim is all the rage! On a typical Sunday morning, I don’t see signs for Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians as much as I see them for Vertical, Connection, Legacy, and Real Life. I assume that each of those churches preaches a different message. It’s enough to make your head spin! And to the average Jane and Joe, it sends a message of inconsistent truth and division. They don’t want any part of that. It’s not that they don’t believe in God. They just don’t want anything to do with “church”.
All these different “churches” is not God’s doing, but Satan’s. God is not the author of confusion. He wants peace among all congregations of His people (1 Cor. 14.33) and He demands consistent messaging.
The message of the New Testament church? JESUS. It wasn’t worship styles or having the loudest band, the most people, and the most talented preacher. They talked about and modeled Jesus—His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. He is the Savior we’ve all been waiting for! Trust Him. Obey Him. Live for Him. Christ ALONE.
Jesus is the personification of God’s grace. No matter what you’ve done in the past, God’s grace through our trust in Jesus can give us hope of living in God’s presence for eternity. That’s the message!
Yes, dogma matters. Being “right” matters. Doing Bible things in Bible ways matters. But that’s not the message. Our message is JESUS. And His authoritative marching orders commission us to take His message of grace to every person in every nation in the entire world.
May we be the church that eats, sleeps, and breathes Jesus Christ. May we think, behave, and speak like Him.
“But we preach Christ crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:23).