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Are we failing?

June 15, 2010

Now that I am leading my own youth group one of the things that I have made a point to do is: ALWAYS PREACH THE GOSPEL.

If I was just honest…

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like the longer you have been a Christian the less you are likely to remember what Christ has done for you. Now I know this doesn’t happen to everyone, but it does happen…

People begin to think that they are ok. They want to hear messages on how to better manage their money, marriage and kids. They think that as long as they are not cheating on their spouses or stealing money from their company they are OK. They think that if they raise their hands at the right time, or do a service project they are “in.” They think that if they come to church on a weekly basis they are good.

I could go on and on about the characteristics about these kinds of people but that isn’t the point, because in a lot of ways it isn’t their fault.

  • When we as Pastors and Church leaders fail to preach the Gospel,we fail.
  • When we forget to make much of the work of Jesus on the cross, we fail.
  • When we forget to tell them that all of us were born in sin and that without Christ we get death, we fail.
  • When we promote the gifts and not the giver, we fail.
  • When we promise a Christian life that simply does not exist in our peoples reality, we fail.

I am not perfect, and have spent a great deal of time failing at this stuff in the past. I am sure that I am going to fail at some point in the future. But I pray that we might make much of God, His Gospel, His Son and His work and the Holy Spirit that makes it come alive. If we do this then we do not fail.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2010 8:30 am

    Nope – we’re not failing – as long as there are people still out there preaching and living the gospel. As humans we’ll always fail, God doesn’t.

    And your own personal ministry gives me so much hope and happiness Ben. 🙂 You are fighting the good fight in a place where you are taking the fight right into the darkness. But your light shines, and every single soul that is imbibed with the Holy Spirit will join yours until that place is so bright that no darkness can stand against it.

    Ya I’m getting mushy – but it’s still the truth. 🙂

    So ya, sometimes you’ll fail, but that won’t be the end result. In the end God wins.

  2. Caleb Ashton permalink
    June 16, 2010 11:34 am

    Great post Ben. I couldn’t agree more.

    Aren’t you glad that its God that saves people?

  3. Jordan Kolarik permalink
    June 16, 2010 12:19 pm

    When you say…

    “When we promise a Christian life that simply does not exist in our peoples reality”

    What do you mean!?

    • Benjamin Davis permalink*
      June 16, 2010 1:23 pm

      Jordan often times pastors/ evangelist will say things like “if you will just have faith you will be healed” and other things that sound like that. Those statements are great and true, but should be followed up by what we are suppose to do if God doesn’t move.

      It’s funny to hear people say and think that they can “move” God. As if their volume when praying is really going to change what God wants to do anyhow.

      Does that makes a little more sense?

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