Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Read this interesting post. Not that John Wesley is the standard (the Bible is), but I doubt he would recognize the present day church that is named after him. I get pretty worked up when I start thinking about it.
I especially get worked up when I hear that we should preach the gospel, and when necessary, use words. What would Wesley say to that? Not much need to get on his horse and ride all over the country just to keep his mouth shut.


  1. Kim said...
    Speak the Gospel constantly and when necessary, use words. - St. Francis.

    I think, sometimes, it is our actions that speak volumes -- more than our words could ever say. It is especially disheartening to me when our words say one thing, and our actions speak of another.

    Words are not enough, and there are times when God speaks loudest through what we do instead of what we say.
    Brett said...
    I agree with what you said. I don't think St. Francis meant for the statement to be interpreted the way it is popularly interpreted. This is sometimes used as an excuse not to preach the gospel, because living a good example is more important. I don't believe this is true.
    I like it when you said "words are not enough." They are not, and neither are our actions. To effectively preach the gospel (in word or in deed) the Holy Spirit must go before us to convict of sin and allow for true repentance. If this does not happen we may as well live a good holy life and preach while living inside of a box. It's just a waste of time.
    I also like it when you said "It is especially disheartening to me when our words say one thing, and our actions speak of another." We have been studing the book of James in our Sunday School class. James says that when we have conflicting actions, we are "double minded" and should repent (4:8). He also calls us adulterers (4:4) when we try to live a life that is pleasing to God while at the same time having an affair with the world. This should not be.
    I have heard the term practice what you preach. I think it needs to be turned around to preach what you practice. If I'm preaching sin and grace and forgiveness and repentance, that is what I'm living daily.
    One final thought:" 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? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?" Romans 10:14-15
    Art said...
    Our lives may be the only Bible some people ever read. Can't we preach AND live the Gospel?
    Brett said...
    Of course. My point exactly is that both are necessary. "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Collossians 3:17

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