What function does this Sports Center-Like entertainment fulfill in a Christian Church service? Does it draw people closer to Jesus? Does it help them understand sound Biblical doctrine? Is it a form of prayer or Christian fellowship? What is its function?
The Journey Church in Queens, NY has a great marketing gimmick to help draw people to "church", they're starting a new series called Dating Naked and they've sent out marketing flyers to homes and apartments near their "church" to let everyone know. That purposefully shocking title will be sure to attract people to their "church".
Did you know that to bring revival to a generation, you need to bend your life in such a way that makes Jesus willingly follow you?
"Prophet" Micah Wood from the Ramp Church teaches how you can can start revival (5:40).
“Now the interesting thing is to me, there are many interesting things to me about God’s story – but one of the most interesting things to me is that all throughout the bible you find Jesus telling people to follow him:
“Follow me. I will make you fishers of man.
Drop down your nets and follow me.
Follow me. Let the dead bury their dead. You follow me.
Uh, you know, a man who sets his hand to the plough but looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God. You just follow me.
Peter, don’t worry about what John’s gonna do in his life, you just follow me.”
All through out the bible you see Jesus saying, “Follow me. Follow me. Follow me. Follow me.”
But here we meet a man named Jairus who is a ruler of the synagogue who doesn’t just live in such a way to follow Jesus, there’s something about what he does with his life of worship that causes Jesus to follow him. That Jesus all through out the bible that says, “Follow me. Follow me. Follow me.” And He meets one man that Jesus does not just say, “Follow me,” Jesus says to him, “I’m going to follow you”. Because genuine revival and genuine awakening and the genuine purpose of God for your life does not happen when we occasionally bend ourselves or push ourselves where Jesus is. Genuine revival and awakening and purpose happens when we bend our lives in such a way that Jesus is willing to follow us. And for years and years we’ve had a concept that’s long as we occasionally put ourselves in the middle of whereever Jesus is then we’re doing good.
But what’s really doing good is when you so develop a lifestyle of worship that Jesus and the presence of Jesus follow you around wherever you go.”
The Crossing Church in Elk River, MN opened this past Sunday's "sermon" with this cartoon. Why? We have no idea. Clearly, lampooning Biblical stories, in Eric Dykstra's way of thinking, is an important part of evangelism.
Call us old school, but we believe pastors who preach God's Holy Word should treat it as if it is God's Holy Word.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:10–11)
BTW, the Story of Moses is NOT about Moses. It's about God and more specifically, its about Jesus.
Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner so how on earth can a seeker-driven vision casting leader expect to compete with that? Well...here's an idea, preach on "spiritual principles' found in everyone's favorite commercials. That will is a sure fire relevant way to draw a crowd. But, there's one small problem. Pastors are told by God's Word to "preach the word" (2 Tim 4:2) Apparently, Craig Groeschel doesn't think that applies to him.