Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Are we Preaching the Gospel?

I was looking at the news archives for the United Methodist Church for the month of November.  I see a lot of articles about what United Methodists are doing in areas of disaster relief, schools, grants, poverty, and hunger to name a few.  These are all good things, but they are no substitute for the gospel of Christ.  If we are not telling people the good news, we are missing the point of our calling.    


  1. Free at Last said...
    I have no interest in anyone preaching the gospel to me. I am not a christian and this blog is utterly absurd to me. I have managed to forget everything that was drilled into my head in SUnday school and I am a much better person for it. I realize that you will pray for me and that's nice, but don't bother, as I am a happy, healthy, contributing member of society who just does not subscribe to fairy tales, such as is the fiction of the bible. But have a good time brainwashing all the kiddies at Sunday school and worrying about who is or is not toting their bibles to church.
    PS--I feel the same way about L. Ron Hubbard's writing and the CHurch of Scientolgy that was created around it.
    gavin richardson said...
    hmm, "disaster relief, schools, grants, poverty, hunger to name a few" call me silly, but this sounds a bit like the beatitudes.

    i think it's worth a note that, preaching the gospel with words is not enough for "earth as it is in heaven"

    to quote Saint Francis, preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words.

    not to discount preaching or teaching the gospel, but if our practice of our faith is not backing it up.. you get folks like 'free at last'

    & to free at last, congratulations, you threw away everything taught to you in sunday school and question the bible, welcome to the first step of a solid faith. i love it when my youth and young adults get to this point
    Brett said...
    Let me restate my point. When you try to look at life from an eternal perspective, what will it matter a million or even 200 years from now what social agendas we accomplished? I say they won't matter. The fact that the gospel is preached, and some respond to it has eternal ramifications.
    I am not against all of the good things that people are doing, that would be absurd. I do think it needs to be from a different perspective.
    gavin richardson said...
    "what will it matter a million or even 200 years from now what social agendas we accomplished?" brett, you only have to look back through 200 years (i'm dismissing a million as exaggeration) to find things like the abolition of slavery, women's rights, civil rights, the changing of national governments.. many of these may not be written with Christianity in the history books, but one cannot deny that the fingerprints of God are not on them.

    as i read some of your thought it seems that preaching leads to decision, which leads to conversion, which leads to eternal salvation.. this may be true, but i'm not a Christian because of some great sermon or preaching (in fact most of the preaching in my life stunk). blogs are not preachy, they are conversationary, i don't know anyone who has read a post and has suddenly converted, i don't dismiss the power of God to do this, but i've never heard of it. but i have seen people soften the hearts and open to a Christ that is loveing and listens. i was converted because a community showed me grace, people loved me as i figured out who i was, kept me accountable when i did something out of line without sacrificing who i was.. "and if necessary, use words"
    Brett said...
    For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
    But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Romans 10:13-14

    The purpose of my blog is not to preach the gospel. The purpose is to share thoughts and gain a better understanding of scripture and doctrine. However, sharing the gospel should be central to our lives.

    I wasn't exaggerating about a million years from now. Right now counts forever, and a decision to accept God's grace and forgiveness today will have an impact on eternity.

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