Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Need for Continual Reminders

"...church cultures void of the gospel are empty and worthless. Church cultures, apart from the grace of Jesus, are utterly broken...if we do not embrace a consistent, refreshing, gospel-centered culture, our churches will automatically drift toward a system of mindless and worthless religious feasts that disgust God.

If mission engagement is in the culture of a church without continual gospel reminders, the tendency will be to drift toward mission as a way to cleanse the conscience rather than as a response to God's mission for us.. If expressive worship is in the culture of a church without continual gospel reminders, the tendency will be to focus on what is done for God rather than remembering what He has done. If transparency and honesty are in the culture of a church without continual gospel reminders, the tendency will be to discuss the sinfulness without repentance."

 -Matt Chandler, Creature of the Word: The Jesus Centered Church,  pages 102-103, italics in the original