04 September 2011

Gather, then Scatter

"Perhaps the most misguided church strategy of our time, maybe of all of church history, is this thing called the 'seeker movement,' where the idea is to create an environment and a group to try to get unbelievers to come to the church to get saved. Now, don't misunderstand; I believe that unbelievers should come to the church and find the gospel when they do. But the church is not designed for unbelievers. The church is a place where believers are equipped to go out into the world and proclaim the gospel. 
God did not design evangelism to be a 'herd them up and brand them' operation where we bring all the 'seekers' we can to church so the pastor can brand them with the gospel. No, the mission is just the opposite. In fact, Paul writes in Romans 3:10-11, 'There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God.' If there are none who seek God, then who are these seekers? I believe in seeker services in which God is the Seeker and He seeks to save and sanctify those who are under the hearing of His Word. We must praise the Lord for people who have been brought to church and have been blessed and saved, but we cannot let the church become an evangelistic meeting place at the expense of it being a place to equip believers. We gather to edify; we scatter to evangelize." - Rick Holland, Uneclipsing the Son


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