Many years ago I heard Peter Lord say: “Keep the main thing, the main thing.” As simple as that sounds it is not always an easy thing to do. Sometimes I wonder if the Church is missing the mark when it comes to the the “Main Thing” of it’s existence.
Reaching the lost.
Let me explain what I mean. Hunting is something I love to do. In deer hunting there is a temptation you must avoid, the temptation is to focus on counting the points on the antlers and failing to focus on the mechanics of shooting . The main thing is not th
e size of the antlers but bringing the animal down quickly with proper shot placement.
However some hunters get so focused on the size of their trophy they wait to long to shoot, and miss the opportunity, or they
Focusing on the three B’s ( Bigger budgets, Bigger buildings, and Bigger crowds) they get their eyes off of the main thing. Evangelism! Sadly some claim that focusing on the three B’s is evangelism. Sadly most of their growth comes from other Christians transferring into their Church from another Church. In order to hide this some Church’s insist that you must be re-baptized in order to be a member. by doing this they falsify their baptism records and make it look like they are reaching the lost.
My point is this. The world around us is going to hell, because we have our eye’s on the size of our trophies and not upon spreading the gospel. If we as ministers will equip our people how to share their faith effectively, and measure growth not by the size of our budgets, buildings, and crowds but by conversions then we are keeping the main thing, the main thing. We are commanded to make disciples first! Matthew 28:19.
I am not against the three B’s. I think they are great! Just as long as we remember the reason for the Church’s existence is to do what Jesus did.
Seek and save the lost.