Monday, 31 May 2010
By Sam at Creating Culture
Many people feel that they have a corner on the Gospel. Of course, this may not be readily admitted, but their actions wreak in confidence that they have the Gospel figured out. In fact, many people so believe this that they create products and resources affirming their view of Scripture and their style of presentation. While nothing is wrong with sharing insights and best practices, making the claim (in action more so than deed) that you have the Gospel cornered, is a dangerous place to be.
A few side effects and resistance points you may face when you think you have established a corner on the Gospel:
- People quit listening
- People turn away
- People question your motivation
- People question your Gospel (in turn, questioning the person around whom your gospel revolves)
You may think that people will do this anyway, and we can’t use people’s reactions as a consistent barometer of success. While this may be true, when people are turning away not because of the challenge inherent in the Gospel message but because of your confidence in yourself, ya got troubles.
Be confident in the One you speak about, and speak out of the assurance that it is not about you.