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Friday, January 15, 2010

Challenge to Pastors and Church Leaders

As a general rule apologetics are not in vogue at the moment.  That said.  You really need to find a way to help every last person in your church -- from teens to your elder saints -- to be able to confidently answer in their own words:

How did we get the Bible?  Where did it come from really?  Sure we know about the authors but how come these books are in the Bible and others are not?  Were there really just a bunch of political councils that decided who was in and who was out?  How do we know these are the books God has for us?  And how do we understand these books to be authoritative? 

And along with answering these questions debunk every myth out there from the one that says that Shakespere wrote the Bible to DaVinci Code heresies to "Aren't there a bunch of errors in the Scriptures?"

We need to do two things here: one we need to give solid answers but we also need to help people to digest the information, process it and be able to confidently express answers to those questions in their own words.  A sermon series isn't going to cut it.  More is needed.

What is more?  I'm not sure.  But imagine for a moment that you were evangelizing your current congregation.  You want as many people as possible to be able to confidently answer questions about the formation of the canon and the Bible's authority using their own words.  At the end we want people who could teach about it, not just know it.  How could you make that happen? 

Train 12 leaders who train 12 others?

I honestly believe those are some fundamental questions that people want answers to and if they have them, it will catalyze their spiritual growth and abilities as personal evangelists.

Comments on "Challenge to Pastors and Church Leaders"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:00 AM, January 15, 2010) : 

I see that our discussion was stimulating enough to keep you up as well. ;-)


Blogger theultrarev said ... (5:56 PM, January 16, 2010) : 

Interestingly enough, I wrote this a couple days ago before we met and pre-scheduled it for this day. :) Funny. I'll check out your post.


Blogger Linda said ... (8:44 AM, January 17, 2010) : 

Steve - this has nothing to do with your post but I wanted to tell you about a blog on worship that I have recently come across.
"Worthily Magnify" is the title, Jamie Brown is the writer and he is a worship leader in an anglican church. I find his thoughts very helpful and he reminds me of you. Especially the one about "How Long Does Your Sunday Service Last?


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