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A Plea to Pastors

April 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

A plea to those who will stand before an audience this weekend:

Please let the Gospel have the spotlight.

Your task is not to wow an audience with your skills or research. Your task is to relay the Good News, and get out of the way. Don’t use gimmicks. Don’t use current events. Don’t use smoke and mirrors. Use the powerful story of redemption that is given to us in Scripture.

Review the example of John the Baptist in John 3:22-36. The words of John the Baptist make clear what our role should be in evangelism.

28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”                                                                                John 3:28-30

The Good News has advanced around the world for thousands of years simply by the tools God has provided: Scripture, prayer, testimony, and the sacraments. These tools give the spotlight to the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. This is where the spotlight belongs.

Please put down the remote to the laser show. Cancel the stuntman dressed like an angel swinging from the rafters in your sanctuary. Stop. Really, just stop.

This is my plea:

Please let the Gospel have the spotlight.