Simple math tells us that it is faithful, ordinary, anonymous lay people who make up the vast majority of the churches around the world. Think about it. Even the most heavily staffed mega-churches probably only have 1-2% of their congregation as full-time paid staff. Most medium-to-small sized churches have smaller staffs and are heavily dependent on faithful volunteers.
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I’ve always had something of an aversion to the “if Christianity is not true what do you lose” sort of apologetical approach–precisely because Scripture is God’s word and because it is perfect in all that God reveals in it. To raise the question almost seems to inadvertantly jeopardize the veracity of it. Nevertheless, that is precisely the kind of reasoning that the Apostle Paul utilized in 1 Corinthians 15 after he appealed to the clear teaching of Scripture about Jesus’ death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-3).
“Moving people on to God’s agenda” feels to me like lugging 30 suitcases filled with bowling balls across a mile of that really sticky mud that likes to eat your shoes. I suppose this is what Jesus means in Matthew 11:28 when he talks about labor and heavy burdens. You are working your tail off (labor) and people keep adding more to your suitcase. “Here, carry this, Pastor”.
Those suitcases are filled with expectations and anxieties.
Christian liberty has gotten a bad rap. These days, it’s almost inseparable from a discussion about alcohol. For that reason, some only consider the doctrine of Christian liberty to figure out how much they can get away with. That or it gets co-opted into efforts to prove how cool Christianity really is.
But before it is freedom to something, our freedom in Christ is an assertion of our freedom from something.
Brandon’s speaking my language in this one.
A favorite from the archives:
During the days leading up to His death, Jesus was preparing to complete His greatest work: the redemption of sinners. And so He was arrested, beaten, tortured, nailed to a cross and left to die. And as He hung on the cross, in a loud voice he cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
And then, He died.