I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. I’ve been observing the church for several years, and what I keep seeing frustrates me.
It frustrates me because the church is shifting it’s focus. It’s abandoning time honored truths for new and improved attractional methods because they think they need to re-market, perhaps re-brand Christianity.
This is false.
This is so very false.
I’m watching churches fold their ministries and their programs. I’m watching them try on new styles of worship and new ways of “reaching this generation” with the gospel, and I’m sorry. I disagree.
The God I serve is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is never changing and His way is the only way. No one can come to the Father except through Christ Jesus (John 14:6), and trying to repackage that loses it’s appeal and it squanders the power of the Spirit at work in the Church.
I’ve had enough.
Consider this a plea from one of those “generations” you’re trying to reach with the gospel …
Stop trying to figure us out.
Stop marketing to us.
Stop treating us like ignorant children.
Stop assuming you know us.
Stop texting us.
Stop creating online Bibles studies for us.
Stop talking through a screen to us.
Start inviting us into your life.
Start talking to us about more than how cute our kids are.
Start asking us about our walk with the Lord.
Start telling us about your time in the Word.
Start inviting us to meet with you for coffee to chat about Jesus and what He is doing in each of our lives.
Church, we are thirsty for God. We are thirsty for truth. We are dry and parched. We are malnutritioned in the teaching of God’s word.
We flock your gates for something more, something different than what the world is giving us, telling us, teaching us. Stop giving us what the world has already given us.
You will never be fun enough. You don’t have enough money to entertain us.
You will never be the world because you aren’t of the world.
You, Church, have been called out of this world. Stop trying to look like you’re something you are not.
You, Church, were set apart as holy. Stop compromising truth. Stop making excuses. Start holding your teachers accountable to faithful teaching of God’s Word.
Stop expecting less of your people and start expecting more. More accountability. More zeal. More repentance.
For the love of God, start preaching the gospel. Start preaching repent and believe. Start living as though Jesus is the only thing worth living for.
For the love of God, give us Jesus! Give us the Word of God, the truth of the gospel!
When we hear the Word of God, the thing that is sharper than any two-edged sword, able to pierce the joints and marrow (Hebrews 4:12), we will be cut to the heart just as those who heard it in the early days of the Church (Acts 2:37).
And we will devote ourselves “to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). And awe will come upon us and we will begin to impact this world with a gospel-love because we’ve been gospel-changed!
We will start selling our “possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in [our] homes, [receiving our] food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people” (Acts 2:42-47).
Then, Church of Jesus Christ, you will see the Lord add to your number those who are being saved.
But the question is …
Do you believe in the power of the gospel? Do you believe that His Word is enough?
Or will you continue looking to the world for wisdom on how to “reach this new generation of people”?
Return to the Word, Church. There you will find power unto salvation.