By Mark Dever
Dever and Alexander suggest a version of whole reliance and submission to the gospel while development a fit church. nice source for pastors, elders, and others attracted to the energy in their church.
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Extra resources for The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel
But it deceives unsaved people into thinking that they are saved—the cruelest hoax of all. It also wreaks havoc on the purity of our churches and their corporate testimonies, allowing into our membership many professing Christians who are later discovered not to be Christians at all because they eventually revert to lifestyles that simply cannot characterize a true Christian convert. Whether you are starting a new church or reforming an old one, continue to call people to repentance and belief—in your conversation and in your preaching.
If you win them with entertainment, they’re likely to be won to the show rather than the message, which increases the likelihood of false conver- Doing Responsible Evangelism 55 sions. But even if they’re not won to the show, entertainment-based methods make repentance virtually impossible. We are not encouraged to forsake our sin by having our senses amused or our preferences coddled. The Gospel is inherently and irreducibly confrontational. It cuts against our perceived righteousness and self-sufficiency, demanding that we forsake cherished sin and trust in someone else to justify us.
Extending Invitations Every time we present the Gospel, whether in a public church gathering on Sunday or in a private conversation during the week, we need to invite people to repent and believe in the Gospel, if our presentation of the Good News is to be complete. What good is the Good News if I’m never told how I should respond to it or what I need to do about it? We need to invite people to repent and believe. But when we invite them, we need to make sure that they cannot confuse any other response with the only saving response.
The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel by Mark Dever