The Sophisticates/Not by Might
Tags: Church Growth, Church Growth Movement, Apostle Peter, Pentecost, Billy Graham Crusades, Nebuchadnezzar, Zechariah, Zerubbabel
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom 8:5-6 MKJV) We need to be careful not to infringe on the work God intends to perform by striving to accomplish more than we have been commissioned to do. For if we attempt to take Gods place in ministry then we will find ourselves struggling under our own power even as we trounce on the work He desires to do. But if we depend upon His Spirit to lead and guide, then God will be doing the work. This is not to say that we dont work. Indeed we have been called to do exactly that. Rather its a question of who we depend on as we do the work that we have been called to. The lesson is to work hard, but depend on God for the outcome.
Those who depend solely on their own ingenuity are basically telling God that they dont need Him. They have set their minds on the carnal rather than the spiritual, which is the seed of death. Its no wonder why so many pastors burn themselves out. They set out to do it all themselves. And the sad part of it is that so little is accomplished in comparison to what God could have done if the leadership of the church had just gotten out of His way.
I would like to argue, therefore, that the
dependence that much of the church today has on every sort of gadgetry and entertainment
ideal is totally unnecessary. I would like to further that a church could easily be a
viable and growing entity today without all of this hoopla. If all of this stuff that
allows each church to keep up with the Jones is so indispensable, then how is it
that the most incredible evangelical explosion in the worlds history occurred during
the days of the
Why is it that the great revivals in
history turned the Western World upside down without the aid of these new strategies that
are being promoted today as being absolutely necessary? How did the leaders of the
Reformation and the First and Second Great Awakenings manage? With the exception of the
thousands that are saved in the Billy Graham Crusades, what movement in
Finally, why is it that the greatest
Christian revival that we are seeing today is occurring in poor
How is it that the churches in areas such
as this, though generally persecuted, manage to outshine the church in
Gods house is not built through the
use of gimmicks and devices. It is founded upon the work of the Holy Spirit alone and it
is the Holy Spirit who builds the church. Therefore, while referring to Peters
confession that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, Jesus declared to him,
. . and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not
prevail against it. (Matt 16:15-19 MKJV) Therefore, it is Christ the Solid Rock that
the church is built upon rather than the empty theories and feeble efforts of man. And it
must always be remembered that the
We dont need the hidden knowledge that our Church Growth consultants are promoting. We dont need our heads filled with visions of glory. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. (Rom MKJV) For if we do the work ourselves, who becomes the wise one? If we build the largest of churches apart from His Spirits leading, guidance and power, what have we accomplished other than glorifying self? But the godly man depends upon the wisdom and might of God and glorifies God as a result.
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