Friday, August 01, 2008

A Little Bit of Driscoll

Currently I am reading through the book Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears. I want to share a few paragraphs with you because I believe them to be so helpful. Sadly these words are extremely relevant since all to often, depending on where we go to church, we are fed with a shallow Christianity. Rather than teaching that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that NO ONE comes to the Father but through Him, sermons are far to frequently filled with ideas or principles on how to get your best life now.

While visiting a major American city, a young pastor attended one of the most prominent churches in America, hoping to learn from what they were doing. He sat through an entire sermon and reported that at no time in the entire service, including the singing and sermon, was the name of Jesus ever mentioned. Apparently, the sermon ended with an altar call invitation for people to go to heaven when they died, but the name of Jesus or an explanation of what he did on the cross and empty tomb was not mentioned even in passing.
Sadly, it is too common for churches not to speak of Jesus, which is a tragedy akin to a wife rarely uttering the name of her own husband. In our day when there are innumerable contradictory beliefs about who God is, Christians must be clear that their God is Jesus Christ alone so as to communicate the same central truth that Scripture does. No matter how many verses are used, the Bible has not been rightly understood or proclaimed unless Jesus is the central focus and hero. (p. 66)

Driscoll, Mark, and Gerry Breshears. Vintage Jesus. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007.

Leslie and I are privileged to attend the Summit Church in Durham, NC where the pastor is faithful to preach Christ crucified and resurrected. As one who has traveled a lot and visited many churches I have sat in on some services similar to the one Driscoll tells about and my fear is that they are far to common. One of the reasons so many are attracted to this type of preaching is simply because it is not convicting. A pastor who preaches your best life now may help us become better citizens but it is not sufficient to save anyone from sin. Jesus alone is sufficient to save. If you are attending a church that does not preach and worship Jesus Christ as the redeemer of sinners then you need to consider going somewhere else.

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