Monday, March 19, 2007

Clean Restrooms or The Power of the Gospel

Here's my question... Do you think unbelievers are looking for the power of the gospel? I've said this before, but I think this is the missing ingredient in most of our services. We try to substitute good music, eloquent speaking, and maybe excellent dramas or videos. We try to have clean restrooms and good parking attendants and maybe even give away things to people who visit our church.

But wouldn't they come back if they witnessed the power of God in our assembly? Even if the restrooms weren't all that beautiful? That's my question.

Jesus' power would draw crowds from miles. We try to substitute human ingenuity to do the same. Here's part of my theory - I think that most people who church hop - leave the traditional church for the progressive church because they are really looking for the power of God. They may switch for "better" music, bigger children's programs, or a more so-called visionary pastor. But I think what we all really want to see instead of a show, is the power of God. My contention is that if God's power is being displayed in the small church - the people won't leave it for the more progressive church. And if the actual power of God is displayed in the progressive church (not just some exciting show - but real power) then less people will leave through the back doors of the progressive church as well.

Here's what got me started on all of this - 1 Thessalonians 1

4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our
gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy
Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.


So what is the power of God? It is more than words. It is Spirit Driven. It comes with conviction. That's what Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 1. In Romans he reminds us the power is unto salvation. I think one of the best displays of the power of God is changed/transformed lives. I think not only does the gospel transform lives, but those transformed lives are part of what draws others to the gospel. What do you think?

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