Yesterday’s message reminded us that the church’s main business is making disciples. Specifically (according to Matt. 28:16-20), we’re to make disciples by mixing the gospel of Jesus with secular people in our everyday lives, marking them by baptism when the gospel is received and maturing them by training them to apply the gospel in all areas of life. In other words, we’re all about developing gospel-centered disciples of Jesus who treasure Him with a life-defining passion. It’s gospel from first to last.
This is not a peripheral issue. It is at the core of the small “c” church like ours. It is at the core of the big “C” Church composed of all who have trusted Christ by His gospel. It is at the core of the struggles our own Southern Baptist Convention is having. (Read this story—I’ll comment on it more later.)
There’s a buzz of commentary on this, but this one from the Internet Monk pungently taps the heart of what we were talking about yesterday:
What’s still not there? It’s the Gospel stupid. Not buildings, programs and methods. That will help, more or less, but it won’t get to the core of the SBC’s problem: vast numbers of people who don’t know the gospel, preach the gospel, teach the gospel, believe the gospel or see a need to shape the integrity of the church around the gospel.
If the SBC decides that blaming Calvinists, printing more literature, more conferences and promoting more bureaucrat designed solutions isn’t the answer, it will have made enormous progress. When it figures out that the centrality of the Gospel and the core implications that come from the Gospel are what’s missing across the SBC landscape, real hope will dawn.
I thank God for all the faithful people working to make the Gospel, once again, the central focus of the cooperative, evangelistic, mission-centered ministry of Southern Baptists. Don’t quit!