Pastor Mark’s Blog
Many evangelical churches fall into one of two categories: A church that emphasizes teaching or one that places a high priority on evangelism. The first prides itself on the deep understanding of God’s Word, considering the original languages of the Bible and the importance of sound doctrine. The other presents impassioned arguments for repentance, faith in Christ and regular altar calls. While both the sound teaching of God’s Word and the proclamation of the Gospel are vital responsibilities of the local church I have found that in practice, churches often emphasize one at the expense of the other.
Paul wrote Timothy that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1Tim2:4). This command can only be accomplished through a clear presentation of the gospel AND a methodical teaching of God’s Word. At Grace we strive to retain a firm grasp on both as reflected in our mission statement and, God willing, demonstrated in practice.
Questions to ponder:
- As members of the local church, do our lives reflect this balance?
- Do we ourselves have a firm grasp of the truth so as to explain the gospel to someone we care about?
- Do our Bible studies result merely in knowledge or are we better equipped, as a result, to live out and speak the gospel to our peers?