What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say about Jesus based on Mark chapter one verse one.
The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1
Everyone needs to know Jesus.
Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind:
1. Jesus is King
The word “gospel” means “good news”.
But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!”
More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered the enemy army!”
Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.”
True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
I will never smile like this at the dentist
I hate the dentist’s office.
Notice I said I hate the office and not the dentist. My dentist seems very nice. I’m pretty sure she didn’t become a dentist so that she could torture me.
That’s just a guess.
All I know is the dentist’s office is the hardest place on earth for me to be like Jesus. Of course, that’s assuming we could know how he would act since I’m pretty sure he never had to endure a cleaning or a root canal.
For my part, I generally walk into the dentist’s office grumpy and it usually just gets worse from there.
The last time I went to the dentist’s office, the visit was especially frustrating. I got there 15 minutes early and they finally called me in 20 minutes late. I thought I had allotted enough time for some other things I needed to do that morning but the chances of me getting out of the dentist’s office in a timely manner were looking grim right from the start. (There’s always somewhere else I need to be when I’m at the dentist’s office.)
So I’m grumpy. I’m annoyed. And to top it off, when I’m finally brought in, it’s a dental assistant that I haven’t met. It’s always amazing to me how they can ask questions to try and get to know you when it’s impossible to answer:
“Where are you from?”
But it never stops them from asking more questions.
And then it happens. The dreaded question that’s going to make me feel guilty for the rest of the week:
Here are a few posts from the archives focusing on the mission of the local church that I want to highlight. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, please read and add your thoughts to the conversation.
The Mission of the Church
The mission of the local church, then, is to make disciples of all nations.
I don’t think we can improve on that “mission statement” from Scripture. This is the purpose of every local church body and pursuing this mission together brings glory to God. To reject this mission and pursue another is to actively disobey our Lord Jesus.
Pursuing Jesus’ Mission With Jesus’ Means
Somehow I don’t think that Easter eggs or Oprah-like bribery is exactly what Jesus had in mind when He told us to make disciples of all nations. Jesus has given the church a specific mission and He has also given us the means to pursue that mission.
In order for the local church to bring glory to God and be obedient to Jesus’ commands we must use Jesus’ means to pursue Jesus’ mission.
Would Jesus Do Multi-Site?
Is it possible, as MacDonald suggests that the video venue is less about the celebrity speaker than a one campus venue is about the live pastor? Are Driscoll and MacDonald suggesting that Dever’s congregants are more consumeristic than the congregants of their multi-site campuses? That’s unsubstantiated and slightly offensive, isn’t it?