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Saying it Over and Over

October 27, 2008

Is that what we do? Is the hope that at some point they will hear it? Is the danger that they just tune the message out?

At times I think we believe that saying it over and over again should be enough. We think that people don’t believe because they haven’t heard it or that people leave the church because no one has said the right things.

Is saying it over and over again the problem? Are people abandoning the faith because they haven’t heard it enough? Do people not give their life to Christ for the same reason? They need to hear it one more time?

Could it be they haven’t seen it enough or that we have not shared the fullness of the story?

What are your thoughts?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2008 8:31 pm

    It is like some messages, we have to find a new way to communicate it. It is still powerful, but there are numerous ways to spread the message of the Gospel. Good post.

    http://www.matthewsblog.waynesborochurchofchrist.org

  2. Jim Sexton permalink
    October 28, 2008 8:10 pm

    It isn’t so much about communicating the message as it is quantifying the application of it. The message doesn’t change, but these days we face an increasingly self-centered generation that doesn’t want to surrender, give up any of their independence, or take a back seat… unless it is closer to the door to get out of church without having to interact with anyone else.

    We seek to compartmentalize God into our priorities rather than the opposite, meaning to shape our lives to what God wants. The message doesn’t change, but we have to find a better method to make it relevant to the hearer. Our commitment is lacking, our focus is materialistic in nature, and our lives are all about us. Which is why I enjoy many of the things in The Purpose Driven Life… because it all starts with the first statement in chapter 1 that says, “It’s not about you.”

    Jimbo

  3. October 29, 2008 3:17 pm

    I love what Jimbo had to say… and would just add that I believe our message needs to be authentic and relevant and be communicated in a number of different ways (agreement with Matthew here). By authentic, I mean that our behaviors and our very lives need to reflect the Gospel message as strongly as our words proclaim it. By relevant, I suggest that those “different ways” we find to communicate the Gospel, need to “touch folks where they are”. This is not easy and is a challenge for our age.

    I’ll try to expand on this — post away!

  4. October 29, 2008 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I think it is easy to get frustrated and think they just haven’t heard it, so we say it again.

    I agree and think authentic living is the starting place. Then maybe we won’t even need to say as much.

    Thanks for the great feedback.

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