A couple weeks ago, I found a church flyer stuck under my windshield wiper. On the front was an invitation to a church in town, offering $10 gift certificates to the Black Angus steakhouse for any visitors. Hm. Well, that’s not my cup of tea, but I have to give them credit for being creative. It was the back of the flyer that troubled me.
The back read, “The Bible Way to Get to Heaven” and listed a 4-point outline, including a prayer. All you need.
How I have changed! It was not that long ago that I would have read this flyer with approval. Now, I think:
“The Bible way” — What ever happened to “the Jesus way”?
“Get to heaven” — Is that it? Is that the point?
“4-point outline” — They reduced the entire Bible to the back of a flyer. So why should anyone go to their church, when everything you need is on the flyer, including a precanned prayer?
I shared this story with our group, and posed the question: What is the gospel? This led to a lively and spirited discussion. It stretched me. I hope it stretched everyone. In the course of the discussion, we discovered that one of our quieter members is a thinker with deep theological insight. It’s way cool when you see 1 Corinthians 14:26 actually take place.
Notable Jon Reid quote: “Choose Jesus, he sucks less than the alternative?”