Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Church Experience

“The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them……providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church… The need is for Biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men aflame.” ~Charles Spurgeon

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4: 12

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
~ II Timothy 3: 16-17

Jesus did not preach lightly; He preached the truth. The apostles didn't adjust their message according to the latest marketing data; They preached the Word. Church should be more than an experience to meet the 'felt needs' of the unchurched seeker. It should be a place where lives are changed. Where a passion is formed in the hearts of believers to bring the Gospel to the world (and not to bring the world into the Church). Being culturally relevant doesn't mean the Word is watered-down or made 'easy' so as not to offend. It should offend to the point of conviction of sin that leads to repentance. It should also take us to our knees, soften our hearts and humble us. In this world of tolerance and diversity, we don't need another feel-good message.
We need to be awakened!!