From the Pastor – Power of the Gospel

powerOn Tuesday, I was blessed to go to the “For the Church” conference at Midwestern Baptist Seminary.  The theme this year was “Portrait of a Pastor.”

One the main challenges from the speakers was to not “prop up the Gospel.”  In other words, the Holy Spirit alone working through the Bible alone through the yielded lives of God’s people is, as Paul wrote in Romans 1:16, “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”  God doesn’t need anything other than faithfulness to share His Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-8) to demonstrate His power in the church.

Practically, what’s this means for us? Reflecting on the conference, here’s six brief reminders I’d like to share with you, your family, and our church as you go through the week:

  1. When we lose the glory of the Gospel, we substitute allegory, symbol, and ceremony. The power is of the Gospel is gone. Nothing “poses a threat” to the Gospel. The Gospel is God’s power loose in the world. It will not be prevailed against. Ever. You can’t improve upon the Gospel because God put his power there. .

 

  1. A plethora of marketing & church-growth strategies won’t save Christianity from being irrelevant. Only the Gospel has such power. We can have the best music, the best performers, the best communicators, the best programs, but without the Gospel properly shared and lived, there’s no power of God.

 

  1. Don’t let technology, techniques, and transitions replace the Gospel, which alone is the power of God. Idol makers rioted against the church (Acts 19) because business tanked. This wasn’t accomplished by protesting but by the spread of the local church and Christians with the Gospel

 

  1. Our Christian subculture’s obsession with spiritual fads and religious hoaxes distracts from the only power stewarded to us: the Gospel (1 Tim. 4:7). “Our Gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction…”–1 Thessalonians 1:5

 

  1. The Gospel is the power of salvation, so quit trusting your programs, strategies, visions, props, concepts, & speaking ability. The power of God is not in us but in his Gospel. Our job is to preach it. The Holy Spirit will take it from there.

 

  1. Let’s stop believing the Gospel’s power stops at conversion. The Gospel is the Spiritual power for justification through glorification. It is the power of God for a conversion experience and for total life transformation.

TVBC, the Gospel isn’t just some other news or info—it’s power set loose in the world. So let’s not lose hope, lose heart, or lose our nerve.  Let’s boldly pray that through the simple-yet-fathomlessly-eternal message of the Gospel, God will continue to use us and our church to reach those without Jesus as Savior (2 Tim. 2:24-26) in Maple Park, Gracemor, Claycomo, and Randolph.

In Christ,

Darin

 

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