Category Archives: Seeker Services

Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

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The therapeutic gospel

A growing number of pastors are inviting people to come to Jesus on terms that are not consistent with our Lord’s own invitations to follow him. Are we bending and twisting the gospel around the felt needs and expectations of a self-absorbed culture? Continue reading

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There’s nothing that God cannot do!

Are we giving people false expectations about the Christian life as one of triumph over all obstacles? Continue reading

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God will not be mocked

Salvation occurs in connection with a series of experiences that trace to guilt, shame and conscience. The sequence includes four elements: Continue reading

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Questions for every church leader

When ministries are not effective, leaders who care about the Church ask questions about how to “do” Church better. But are they looking in the right places for answers? Continue reading

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Did you encounter God in Church?

When truth about God is declared it should jolt those who live outside of His truth. Do you want these people walking out of Church saying, “That was pretty cool.” “It didn’t even feel like Church”? Continue reading

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When the Church markets the gospel

“Does the gospel of the market-driven church redeem the lost or reinforce trends, deliver from sin or affirm the self, reconcile people to God or appeal to religious consumers?” “Tailoring the gospel to fit the consumer distorts the gospel, discounts … Continue reading

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