Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Either Enough Or Not


"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God's righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith." (Rom. 1:16-17)

I was already about to blow a gasket. Three minutes! The store was closing in three minutes. Now!  Now is when I needed to be at my currently-being-built house to install some additional 2 x 4's before all light disappeared.  Now is also when I had to get it done because a sheet rock crew was coming to finish early in the morning.  And, let me add this, I am absolutely not a framer.  I can build you a cabinet, but you don't want me any closer to your rough carpentry than you want me near your plumbing.  But, that's another story.

I just want to say that whoever had stocked the isle with nails had done an incredible job.  I have never seen so many different nails in so many different sizes in so many different finishes in so many different quantities.  Did I mention that I needed these nails now.  So, I selected a box, after almost losing it.  TOO MANY CHOICES, when all I needed was something with which I could hold some lumber together.

I am not naive. I do not believe that all we have to do is stand on a soapbox and preach the Bible, but I do believe this. There are too many people who think they have the answer, and it is enough to make any church leader blow a gasket.

I thought we were past the worship style issue. Apparently it is still alive and well. Add to it Calvin and Arminius, one service vs. two, home groups or Sunday School, no Sunday night or extra Sunday night, bible or literature, topical or verse-by-verse, church planting vs. revitalization, beer or no-beer, emergent vs. emerging vs. whatever, simple church vs. whatever, Holy Ghost vs. Holy Spirit, once-saved-always-saved vs. who knows.   Everyone has an answer.

Well, so does God, and today I choose to believe that praying and preaching His Gospel, the Bible, is still more effective than any method.  Call me crazy.  Maybe I'm just struggling with early onset pre-senile dementia (meaning I just can't handle much mentally), but I believe that preaching the Word is still what is needed to change lives.  Love 'em and preach the Word.  It's either enough or not.

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