Model For the Church

1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (NLT)
1 When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.
2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

It has become very popular in the church world today to follow the trends of society. Many church growth experts use the example of contemporary business models as a means to lead the church. However, we need to ask ourselves have we made a mistake? Should we be following the example of the world? Please don’t take me wrong there are some good principles in contemporary society and we can learn much from them. Yet shouldn’t we be following the principles of Scripture as our model for church? Following the trends of society certainly wasn’t Paul’s method. He didn’t use the logic and knowledge of his day that was being followed its philosophers. Instead of following the knowledge of his day, Paul chose to simply preach Jesus and the truth of the cross. In contrast to the scholars of his day, “Paul did not desire to display the breadth of his knowledge or impress them with the extent of his vocabulary. He was concerned about only the content of his testimony about God, Christ, and salvation. So he proclaimed it in plain, simple language” (Horton, I & II Corinthians). I am not saying that there aren’t things that we can benefit from in using some of the methods popular in our society. Nor am I saying that taking a new and fresh approach in doing church is a bad thing. However, what I am saying is that sometimes we may go too far. When we replace Scriptural methods with worldly methods we have stepped over the line. God gave us His Word not simply so that we could know Him better, but also so that we would know how to do His work more efficiently. When we get to the point where Scripture is no longer our guideline we are in big trouble.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark


One comment on “Model For the Church

  1. Dave Jacobs says:

    Good stuff Mark. The Church Growth Movement produced not only church growth “experts” but also confusion and discouragement for those pastors who did what they were told would grow their church…but nothing, or very little happened. Church growth is a mystery and I doubt that anyone is an expert on the subject.

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