Whenever entertainment becomes the point, or boredom becomes the result of our church services, we’ve missed something big. Something vital. Something beautiful, eternal and life-changing.
We’ve missed the truth of the gospel.
We’ve traded our birthright for a mess of stew.
We’ve cast our pearls before swine.
Finding the Truth in the Middle of the Gospel
Why am I writing this? Who's my audience today?
Maybe it's just me.
Sometimes I need to remind myself:
- Never undermine the truth of the gospel for a better Sunday morning show.
- Never preach an easy version of a hard biblical truth.
- Never denounce the sins of others while avoiding dealing with my own sins.
- Never give up on the hard work of finding that middle place between entertaining people with the gospel and boring people with it.
- Never lose the wonder of the gospel – or of my privilege to preach it.
- Never use the gospel to promote my own ulterior motives. Like getting a better offering or building a bigger church.
I need to embrace the entire gospel.
I need to preach a grace so scary that it makes legalists wonder if I have any standards at all.
I need to preach God's justice and righteousness with such fervor that people worry I might be turning into a legalist myself.
I need to reflect the creativity and innovation of the creator as I teach his truth.
And I need to live that truth with as much honesty and integrity as I can – in God’s strength, not my own.
That's not an entertainment approach to the gospel. But it will never be boring.
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