A New Series for a New Year

Before we return to our study through 1 Corinthians, we are going to begin the New Year dealing with several unpopular and controversial issues concerning the Church.

It is not our purpose to be controversial for the sake of being controversial.  We are not shock jocks seeking to stir up emotions for ratings.  However, we are called to preach the Word of God with power and conviction.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” –2 Timothy 4:2

As ministers of the Gospel, we are commanded to preach the Word faithfully in spite of public opinion with the purpose of reproving, rebuking and exhorting.  These three purposes are not popular in and of themselves much less when the Word of God goes against the grain.

This opposition is not just coming from a secular society but even among those who identify themselves as Bible-believing Christians.  We live in a society that has completely broken down and it is impossible to preach the Word of God without controversy and contention.

However, we must make sure that the controversy and contention is proceeding from faithful proclamation and with the intention of defending and advancing the faith.  Controversy should not spring from heretical doctrine or the profane and vain babbling as in Perry Noble’s recent Christmas Eve sermon in the series A Thrill of Hope.  Unfortunately, the recent controversy surrounding Noble is minor in comparison to many other instances of heresy and shock jock behavior exemplified by the modern godless pastors.

There is nothing cool, much less godly, in being Biblically ignorant or explicit in our language for the sake of insensitive and vulgar.

On the other hand, God has called us to be men and boldly proclaim and advance the truth of God as revealed in His Word.  We are not to be sissies, cowards and politically correct.  However, manhood is not found in immature frat boy behavior.  The house of God is not a comedy club and God’s ministers are to exemplify Jesus and not Eddie Murphy.

So, as you listen to this series please understand that we are not going to cower from controversy just because of all the embarrassing agitation by thrill seeking jerks.  Neither will we seek out controversy in such a way as to impersonate Howard Stern in the pulpit.

Our calling is to faithfully preach the Word of God regardless whether it brings popularity, notoriety or even if we are passed over without notice.  As Lt. Gen. “Stonewall Jackson” observed as a maxim, “Duty is ours; consequences are God’s.”

In this series we will be dealing with Eight Essentials for an Efficient Church.  There are 8 governing factors we will consider.  These factors are:

  • Organization
  • Materiel
  • Personnel
  • Policy
  • Leadership
  • Discipline
  • Morale
  • Doctrine

Scripture declares that a tree is known by its fruit.  Another version of the same principle is you reap what you sow.

Today, we are getting the results that naturally derive from our composition.  Until these things are corrected, we cannot expect anything different than the chaos, confusion and contempt that surrounds the modern American Church.