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The Crisis = Gospel is not visible

August 17, 2010

“We have a mass of humanity that has had a collision with Jesus and has the hope of heaven, but the functionality and the working out of the gospel in their lives is not visible.”

Matt Chandler, Pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas

“I am convinced that there is a real crisis in the American church today, and the crisis is not necessarily what you hear in the media, because what you hear in the media is the crisis is everybody is leaving the church. I don’t think that’s what the real crisis is. I think the crisis is that people are going to church, but they’re not transforming. I think the crisis is not that people are leaving the church, it’s that they are going to church but are not being transformed by the person of Jesus Christ. Their life doesn’t look any more like him, so they are not more loving, they are not more giving, they are not making a difference in the world. That is what the real crisis is. I don’t want people leaving the church, but more so I don’t want people going to the church and never experiencing the transforming power of Jesus Christ.”

“We have churches that are full of people who have made a decision to follow Christ, they are trusting him for their eternity, but they are not trusting him for their marriage, they are not trusting him for their finances, they are not trusting him with their career, they are not trusting him with their kids, they are just not trusting him with the daily decisions of their life. So there is this big breakdown, and we have this crisis in The Church today.”

“We have reduced Christianity down to a set of beliefs. It is so much more than that, it is a way of life.”

Pete Wilson, Pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2010 10:01 pm

    Wow. I think Matt has absolutely nailed it. Churches are everywhere and there is no shortage of those who claim Christ. What is in short supply are Christ-centered, Gospel centric lives that reflect the joy and true faith in Jesus.

    • August 18, 2010 10:38 pm

      Brad, I absolutely agree. I spent a long time searching, because I knew the answers to life were in the Gospel but what I found were wonderful, amazing, people who met Christ and virtually no one who understood and lived out a life centered on him. Over the past year I have found some of those people and I am learning how I can be one of those people. Matt is one who has helped me understand what a Christ-centered, Gospel driven life is truly like.

      Thanks for the visit and the comment. I appreciate you sharing.
      Sherie

  2. Delany permalink
    August 23, 2010 7:17 pm

    Great post Sherie!! For me, this is the issue:

    “We have churches that are full of people who have made a decision to follow Christ, they are trusting him for their eternity, but they are not trusting him for their marriage, they are not trusting him for their finances, they are not trusting him with their career, they are not trusting him with their kids, they are just not trusting him with the daily decisions of their life. So there is this big breakdown, and we have this crisis in The Church today.”

    Where is the call to faith?

    Colossians 2:6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

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