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What if......

Have you ever read a passage of scripture that made you think "What if we are missing something here?"

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1Corinthians 1:17-18



For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16



Paul makes a couple of points in these passages.
  1. The gospel can take care of itself. The gospel doesn't need our help to save people. It just needs to be preached. Paul says that the gospel itself is the power of God unto salvation.
  2. Not only does trying to make the gospel more eloquent not help any, Paul says that it empties the cross of its power.

Sometimes when I see what goes on in the church in America and all we do to either make the gospel message more "relevant" or user friendly, I can't help but think that we are hindering the work that God sent us here to do. Our calling is to preach the gospel to a lost and dying world...period. Not to worry about how many people respond or how full our churches are or anything like that. Just preach the infallible, perfect Word of God and watch God do what only He can do....change hearts and save souls.

I know that some churches do a great job of preaching the gospel and I don't mean to imply that all churches are at fault. It does seem that the trend, however, is away from simple preaching and more toward a user friendly approach to church.

So...........

What if we just preached the gospel to the lost and saved alike?
What if we just trusted God to use the gospel to save sinners?
What if we just trusted God to use the gospel to transform and sanctify his church (ourselves included)?
What if we stopped trying to help God do what only He can do and just did what He called us to do?

What if..............



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