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jordantmoody —  August 21, 2012 — 3 Comments

How do you balance the work of the church and the work of the gospel?

And when does church creativity become lack of trust in the gospel?

If we piggyback the work of the church onto the message of the gospel, we don’t enhance the gospel. it is just fine without us; it doesn’t need us. — Matt Chandler The Explicit Gospel

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I'm a Pastor/Teaching Elder at Hope Fellowship Church in New Ipswich, NH.

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    Creativity, from my experience, is Americas way of meeting needs. America is a celebrity culture, they feel like they need entertainment (after all, most of us have food, shelter, water, etc). Of course, when a church forgets their being creative (entertaining) to preach the gospel they run into all kinds of problems. But so does anyone else.

    In some places I’ve been, the creativity is handing out food every morning. They do it to meet needs. The need in that area was food. Of course, if all you do is hand out food, and forget the gospel you run into all kinds of problems.

    The key is to follow Jesus.

    He met needs – healed, fed, told stories
    to preach the gospel – repent, go and sin no more, your sins are forgiven

    Creativity (specifically for our country – entertainment) is a perfectly great way to respond to the great commission. Unless along the way you forget the great commission.

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      I like the thoughts.
      Why is there always seemingly a distrust of efforts to draw people into the church? It seems when ever an idea is thought of for these small New England churches that it is met with opposition backed behind the GOSPEL is enough.
      We all know the gospel is enough.
      Maybe the gospel being enough is its working in us to create programs or services or projects to dispense its power more freely and easily?

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        Matthew 9:9-13 – Jesus eats and drinks with Matthew’s despicable friends, Matthew 12:7 – Jesus says “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (again), Matthew 12:12 – Jesus says it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath and heals the man’s withered hand, Matthew 14:13-21 – Jesus feeds the multitude some fish sandwiches…started with 5 fish/barley loaves and ended with 12 baskets of leftovers. Matthew 25:

        …and that’s just Matthew. Then there’s Isaiah 1, John 15…and on and on.

        And then there is a Bible passage in the New Testament where we are instructed to take care of others needs first because, once the basic needs are met, then they’ll be better able to listen. But, right now the verse escapes me but I will look it up. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, like most “discoveries”, pretty much mirrors the concept of the Bible passage to which I refer.

        What’s true is true regardless of who says it. If we love one another, others will be drawn to us because they’ll want to know what it’s all about. If we provide for others in need, then others will want to become one of us. And Christianity can be fun as long as God stays number 1. (Hey, that rhymes)

        Final thoughts: What was the purpose of Jesus’ miracles – were they for believers or non-believers? What was the purpose for speaking in tongues – was it for believers or non-believers? Why does the Bible say several times: I desire mercy and not sacrifice?

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