The Heart of Church Ministry

April 4, 2011

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.