Heart of Church Ministry
Proclaiming the gospel message of redemption for sinners and teaching the Word for the maturing and holiness of believers should be the heart of every church’s ministry. If the world looks at the church and sees an entertainment center or a country club, we’re sending the wrong message. If Christians view the church as an amusement park or a super-center department store, the church will die.
Nothing in Scripture indicates the church should lure people to Christ by presenting Christianity as an attractive option. In the first place, nothing about the gospel is optional. In the second place, the gospel is not meant to be attractive in the sense of modern marketing (Rom 9:33; 1 Pet. 2:8). It is disturbing, upsetting, confrontive, convicting, and offensive to human pride. Those who try to erase the offense by making it attractive or entertaining inevitably corrupt and obscure the essential aspects of the message. The church must realize that its mission has never been public relations or sales; we are called to live Jesus-following, holy lives and declare God’s raw truth – lovingly but uncompromisingly - to an unbelieving world.