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The Church Doesn’t Need Gimmicks or Marketing, It Needs to Spread the Gospel

There are so many things church leaders do to try and get people in to their doors. I’ve seen people bring Motorcycles on stage for a man’s day, one church event had a tank with a guy pretending to be Chuck Norris run over cars; it’s ridiculous. It reminds me of how often the Pharisees and Sadducees would ask “What sign do you preform to prove this?” The Church does not need gimmicks. We don’t need “to get people into the doors.” We need to send people out to spread the Gospel!

 

For too long we have put the burdens on a few, and not held the many to account. We’ve made Church about programs and membership appreciation (there’s nothing wrong with these, per say, but if that is what the Church is all about, it’s no longer about Jesus!). At its core, the Church is the Body of Christ, an evangelistic association of believers with different gifts and talents, saved and drawn together by Jesus Christ with the sole purpose of giving Him Glory. And each part, whether hidden or overt, gives glory to God when it points others to Jesus Christ as the savior of the world.

 

Loved ones, YOU are the Church if you’re a follower of Christ. YOU are responsible for spreading the Gospel. Churches have empty pews and seats (either are FINE) because the Church members are not out sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. And the good news is this: we are all headed to a justly deserved eternal prison sentence but the judge has given us a way out! We’re sinners who go against our design by choosing ourselves over our creator, and because we have sinned, we deserve death. But God, being rich in mercy, sent His son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin and live for us, and He lived perfectly according to all of God’s righteous requirements, and He willingly died for all sin for all time, bearing the wrath of God on our behalf, upon the cross at Calvary. He died, was buried and rose again on the third day after His death. When He did this, He conquered sin, when He nailed sin to the cross, and He conquered death when He rose from the grave. We can have victory over sin and death if we follow Jesus and are born again. THIS is the news we take to the world. THIS is the news we spread. We don’t need tanks and motorcycles, we need Christ and Him Crucified! And, if you wish to see empty chairs and pews filled, you need to take this message to those who should fill those seats!

 

Romans 5

 

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

 

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

 

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

 

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

 

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.




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