Week 7 Day 3
Finding God in the every day
I Corinthians 5: 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11
The problem with selling Jesus
In the years since I began in ministry I have seen the very ethos of evangelism change, and so called “church growth” become and industry. Every industry needs salesmen and women, every industry needs promoters, every industry needs measurements and qualifications and some way of doling out rewards. This is uniquely true of the models that we have seen in church growth and promotion, wherein Pastors become “CEO”s, ranchers and corporate leaders, let alone becoming authors and book publishers. Unfortunately, as with so many things the potential to overstate, oversell, and to plain deceive have all become part of the ethos of evangelism today.
We must constantly be reminded of these words from Paul to the Corinthians and acknowledge that we just don’t do things that way anymore. We are to be as Christ in the world not drag the world into our outworking of faith. So, what does this take? I believe that the first place we need to begin is to become extremely intimate with the scriptures and with the Holy Spirit in prayer, and in our willingness to forego the ego driven nature that must have some sense of personal victory and praise from some human superior that we have acknowledged Christ is our judge none other. we may respect church leaders, but we must not make them into little gods. No methodology no technique will ever take the place of simple loving Christ like grace demonstrated in action and words