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2 statements that have me thinking…

February 9, 2009

I love Jesus’ church.  I love to think about it, study it Biblically, hear and read about its power in the world, and, most of all, be a part of leading it.  These two statements from other pastors have had me thinking about church leadership for the last couple of days leading up to Bridge Vision Night (huge stuff in the works) on Friday…

“The greatest opposition to what God is doing today comes from those who were on the cutting edge of what God was doing yesterday.” 

“To reach people no one else is reaching we’re going to have to do things nobody else is doing.”

After a LOT of reflection in January I think these statements are potentially dangerous but incredibly true, but the great thing about this blog is that 200 people’s insight is available every day. What comes to your mind when you read these?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. afrost91 permalink
    February 10, 2009 12:49 am

    Man those are some tough statements Josh. We live a postmodernist world and we have to approach things in a different sense. I was just reading an interview between Albert Mohler and Hugh Hewitt. Dr. Mohler stated how new evangelistic Christians see the older generation and how they’re stuck in their old ways of reaching out to people. He says that the time is now where we have social networking sites and the internet and to find new and more productive ways to share the gospel. So yes we are going to have to do radical things to reach out to those not yet reached. Take advantage of the resources in front of you and use them as tools to further God’s kingdom. That’s my general statement on that, I look forward to seeing what other people write about this.

    -Alex Frost

  2. February 10, 2009 6:59 am

    I think of babies and bath water. Too often when a new movement arrives it throws the baby out with the bath water. It’s okay to reconsider methodology but to reconsider theology and/or orthodoxy is the most dangerous of all the things the church can do. It suggests that God changes His opinion concerning principles and practices when God’s opinion never changes because He doesn’t have opinions. He is the pure north, the guide to all truth and His truth has been and always will be the same. We’ve watched some churches and denominations allow the culture to reshape thier theology instead of them utilizing biblical theology to shape the culture they are to be a light in. Sad but true.

  3. Susan Howerton permalink
    February 10, 2009 9:43 am

    Well, I think my thinking is much more simplistic but I think God and His desire for us does not and has not changed… ever. He wants us to glorify Him, to live as Christ, and to die to ourselves and follow Him. I think that includes dying to our opinions and what WE think we ought to DO and who we ought to BE to “WIN” people to Christ. If we truly try to live as Christ… follow His example in scripture and go where He would go (to the poor, the lost, the hurting), and do what He would do (heal the sick, give to the poor, comfort the hurting, touch the untouchable, and love the unloveable… at all cost) we would bring glory to Him and others would want to know the Saviour we know. There’s really not alot of “cutting edge” ways to do that but just to get out of our comfortable houses and nice subdivisions and DO it… touch, get dirty if needed, get uncomfortable and WALK with people through life. I think this IS “reaching people no one else is reaching and doing things no one else is doing”… it’s just not to the “pretty” or “nicely packaged” people of our society most churches think of “inviting” to their churches. If this is “cutting edge” or “doing what others aren’t” then I’m glad to say The Bridge is on target but I am more comfortable saying that The Bridge is just striving to live as Christ.

  4. Susan Howerton permalink
    February 10, 2009 9:46 am

    … “theological, relational, missional” living!

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