This week I continue this leadership series on beliefs in the Church. As leaders we must know what people following us believe. Do they really believe what the pastor believes? Do they really embrace what the leaders embrace? The world has instant access to any theology via the internet, TV and radio. What you preach on Sunday morning can be undermined by reading something on an internet site Sunday night. What you teach in Bible study on Tuesday can be squashed by what is read in a popular book on Wednesday.
According to research by George Barna (4/2009) over 40% of self-described Christians believe that the Bible, the Koran, and Book of Mormon are "different expressions of the same spiritual truths." Today’s church leaders are leading a church with blended beliefs. People have absorbed so much knowledge from so many sources that they walk in confusion rather than in clarity.
We must declare the simple gospel of Jesus Christ in a clear and transparent way. The gospel is Jesus-centered; Jesus crucified, resurrected, and alive. We must declare that if you confess with your mouth that He is Lord and believe in your heart that He was raised from the dead you shall be saved (Rom. 10:9, 10). "Saved from what?", many say; saved from sin that entered all mankind in the Garden of Eden. Jesus did all the work on the cross. Our work is to believe in Him and what He did for us. It’s simple. It’s clear. It’s unambiguous. It’s powerful. It’s love. It’s grace. As leaders we must bring clarity to the hearts and minds of those who will listen.
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