Your community, no matter if it’s city or town or suburbia is a mix of post-everythings. This is wonderful news to the missionary Church Planter. It means we are similar to 1st century Church Planters, entering a multi-faith society, with no understanding of Christianity—there wasn’t Christianity!
We have a unique opportunity in the history of the world to present to people a glorious, Loving Father who (though we despised his love to pursue our own loves and came under the curse of death) sent the “Son he loves” to become a substitute for us; that we might, by faith and repentance, become adopted sons and daughters, and enter into his renewing Kingdom. We are liberating slaves!
But we do face some serious challenges. Consider the following presuppositions of the post-everything world:
How does your preaching apply to such a culture?
1. Preaching is to have primacy in your ministry. It is one of, if not the primary way people “get the Gospel” (Romans 10:14-15 and Titus 2:11-14). This means you need to work hard at learning your craft. Just as the pro-golfer Phil Mickelson has to work hard at golf—practice, coaching, watching film, etc.—you need to learn and work at it. It may be a gift you have, but you can improve. You can always improve.
2. The Gospel must be primary in your preaching. There is a danger, even for you gospel cowboys, to end up preaching something else. It happened to the Apostle Peter, and it can happen to you. It will be easy to fall into preaching doctrine, or religious moralism, or even use the word “Gospel” in the message but never actually preach the “Gospel”.
Some people love to hear their particular doctrines taught deeply. Some people, (maybe most people) love Moralistic Therapeutic religion because it gives them an element of control. “Give me the things I need to do (morality, behaviors, will) and God will make me happy.”
3. Preaching well takes work. You will not be preaching like Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, Andy Stanley, Steve Brown or Mark Driscoll in a few short weeks; nor should you ever try to be them. And, you don’t need 10,000 hours of reps to be a good preacher. Malcolm Gladwell’s study meant that to be a freakish expert at the craft those folks had spent over 10,000 hours at it. Nevertheless, your preaching, if you want to be a solid gospel communicator will take time, practice and experimentation.
Charles Spurgeon said, “If any man will preach as he should preach, his work will take more out of him than any other labor under heaven.”
Your work must include doing proper exegesis of your audience:
Most preachers would agree that they want to teach people God’s ways and see lost people get converted.
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So, how do you get connected with the lost people in your community or the community you’re being called to serve in?
At CMM, we believe every pastor, church planter, ministry leader, and missionary is created to thrive in ministry. We suggest getting a Gospel Coach to help walk with you through the challenges you’ve never faced before. A Gospel Coach will help encourage and equip you every step along the way.
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Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!