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September 28, 2008

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Samurai Jack

Wow. Um. I think i might actually have been speechless on this one, Pastor.

brianburris

me too.

Dan Clark

Wow! What a tremendous lack of perspective.
Without God, what is she going to do when a real crisis comes?

gary

I discovered these stats on a website called: sliceoflaodicea.com
They didn't provide a source for the stats on your church but I found it very interesting and was compelled to ask myself a few questions.

People surveyed at Grander Community Church:

* 47% of those attending DO NOT believe in salvation by grace.
* 57% of those attending DO NOT believe in the authority of the Bible.
* 56% of those attending DO NOT believe Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

The questions I'm compelled to ask are these:
1. Can you mix oil and water and expect one to conform to the other? Can we have a "Church" and "Outreach" mix them both together and call it "The Church"
2. Can the "church" rub off on the unbeliever via "exposure" and produce a "Sanctified" church?
3. Where in the "Bible" do you see the "Church" being encouraged by God to attract the "world" around it by becoming like those they are attempting to reach "for Christ"?

mark

Thanks for asking Gary.

Aren't you glad that people don't have to pass a test to prove they are already Christ-followers who already believe in the authority of the Bible and already believe Jesus is the only way to eternal life before we let them sit beside us in a weekend service? What a great opportunity we have when we invite our friends to attend a service and learn about God's Truth! Once at the service they hear the preaching of God's Word, hear the testimonies of the faithful and learn to take their next step toward Christ (who died for them and wants them to come to salvation)!

You ask "where in the Bible do I see the Church encouraged by God to attract the world around it by becoming like those they are attempting to reach for Christ."

Glad you asked!

Paul said it was one of the driving passions of his life to do just that! He gave his life to doing what he saw Jesus do. (It's incarnational ... God "becomes like those God is attempting to reach" and comes to us in Jesus Christ.)

Paul said it this way...

1 Cor. 9:19-23 (NIV)
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. [20] To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. [21] To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. [22] To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. [23] I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings."

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