Thesis 2: The church that uses principles of worldly wisdom to sell the gospel (like an Apple store, i.e an attractive logo and professional website, uniformed ushers and greeters, catchy vision and mission statements, short and shallow talks etc) needs to spend more time on foolish things like preaching the Word.

Explanation: when churches use worldly principles to reach the ‘unchurched’ they are inviting spiritual malnutrition among Christians because these principles overwhelmingly address the perceived needs of the perishing, rather than conducting the fullness of worship for those who are being saved. “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV)

If we cater church services for the wrong audience – under the guise of church planting or evangelism – the folly of the cross will be removed so as to not offend the perishing. Whereas, where the Word of God is preached faithfully, those who are being saved, will be, without the use of vain principles. “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:26–29 ESV) This foolishness includes the methods of Christ, the message of Christ, and the means of Christ (his preachers).

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  1. When God called Abraham and told him in Gen 12 that he’d be a blessing to those who blessed him it wasn’t because he would look like the nations. It is in being the holy, set apart people God called us to be both individually and corporately that we have a significant impact, by God’s Spirit at work, that we have the greatest evangelical impact.

    The church should evangelise but if our services do not emphasise exalting God firstly, then edifying one another secondarily, we will never have the evangelical impact churches that adopt “worldly behaviours” in their worship services hope to have.

    It may not seem exciting to focus on being holy and ask God to grow us in such ways when we gather to worship, but is that not the world impacting our thinking? What could be more exciting than a bunch of people who used to be slaves to sin, now living as slaves to righteousness (cf Rom 6) before God, our brothers and sisters where we meet, and before those not yet saved!?

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