Posts Tagged ‘Church Pragmatism seeker friendly’

The Fire

October 14, 2009

There is more truth in this short video than sitting through a months worth of sermons in most churches.

Did John the Baptist Come Preaching “Your Best Life Now”?

August 27, 2009

Denying Self? I Fear Many of Us Have Missed It

August 26, 2009

“When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught, and you sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ-that is dying to self. 

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take all in patient loving silence-that is dying to self. 

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, or any annoyance, when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured it-that is dying to self. 

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any attitude, any interruption by the will of God-that is dying to self. 

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown-that is dying to self. 

When you see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances-that is dying to self. 

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart-that is dying to self.” Author Unknown

What Have We Done to the Gospel?

August 6, 2009

Gotta Love Those “Speciality Churches”

April 22, 2008

Slide on those chaps and dust off your snake skin boots, we’re “goin to meetin”!

A New Kind of Church? No, not really, just another way to side step (line dance around) the Gospel, truth and orthodoxy.

I wonder how “Rowdy (disorderly, noisy, unruly, raucous, disruptive, boisterous) Fun” fits into 1 Corinthians 14:40 and 2 Timothy 3:15-17? Does it require a “minister of Rowdy Fun”? It’s difficult to keep up with all the choices and changes in this new “paradigm shift”.

However, 2 Timothy 3:1-9 does come to mind.

Click here for a local radio station’s report, or visit Country Rock Church’s website.

Servants Not Spectators

April 10, 2008

(By John MacArthur)  Pulpit Magazine

“I have often spoken out against all the pragmatic and “seeker-sensitive” approaches to contemporary worship because they tend to diminish the proper place of preaching and replace it with quasi-spiritual forms of sheer entertainment (music, comedy, drama, and whatnot). Any trend that threatens the centrality of God’s Word in our corporate worship is a dangerous trend.

But one of the most disturbing side effects of the seeker-sensitive fad is something I haven’t said as much about: When one of the main aims of a ministry philosophy is to keep people entertained, church members inevitably become mere spectators. The architects of the modern megachurches admit that they have deliberately redesigned the worship service in order to make as few demands as possible on the person in the pew. After all, they don’t want the “unchurched” to be intimidated by appeals for personal involvement in ministry. That’s the very opposite of “seeker sensitivity.”

Such thinking is spiritually deadly. Christianity is not a spectator sport. Practically the worst thing any churchgoer can do is be a hearer but not a doer (James 1:22-25). Christ himself pronounced doom on religious people who want to be mere bystanders” (Matthew 7:26-27). continue reading