There is a principle laid down in John 15:18-19 that was spoken into existence by none other than Jesus Himself. And, once a principle or law is placed in God’s Word it can never be changed. There is just such a principle in the statements of Jesus mentioned above. Basically it says: “The world hates me and it is going to hate you also.” Never in the history of mankind can we find a point at which the world loved Christ or His Church. So, we need to understand that the world isn’t going to like us. It is spiritually opposed to us and will repel the Church. The church isn’t repelling it, but the opposite is true for the world. The world repelled Jesus, but He did not cease from seeking to redeem it. We must not cease seeking to redeem the world, but we must realize that becoming like it is not the Biblical way to do it. Continue reading
This article was submitted by Harold Bullock and Will McRaney. They are sponsoring the Rewiring the American Church Conference in October in Florida, information and registration can be found here. Because of the pertinent nature of the article and our desire to promote this conference, we are taking a break from our typical format in order to share some of Harold’s expertise in church planting and leadership.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST Continue reading
*This post was taken from Dr. Harrell’s website and is used by permission.
Note: I am well aware that others have recognized the problem addressed by this essay and have written about it. But, this article is drawn from personal observations over the past three years and beyond as I have preached in many of the kind of churches which are the subject of this piece. It is my hope that, coming from personal experience and observation, it will add a sense of urgency as we deal with the effects discussed.
In order to combat the falling numbers and the lack of spiritual “fire”, many of these churches have adopted the “contemporary” style of worship which has become the “model” for success. They have made the mistake of thinking what will work in one setting will work in all settings. Continue reading