Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear laid out four “game-changing convictions” that helped the early church grow extensively during his talk at Exponential, a church planting conference.
Greear, who heads The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, spoke at the Exponential Conference in Orlando, Florida, Wednesday afternoon.
The first of the game-changing convictions listed by Greear was that the early church saw disciple-making and evangelism as “the core-calling of the church,” explaining that it’s “the center of everything that Jesus gave us to do.”
“All the conferences, all the books, all the counseling, all the social justice things that we do, the center of them is this core commission to make disciples, because without this nothing else we do has any eternal lasting value,” said Greear.
“Church plating without proclamation of the Gospel and making new disciples is just reshuffling sheep around into new folds. Community ministry without evangelism is making people more comfortable on their way to Hell.”
Next, Greear spoke about the importance of preaching the Gospel outside of the church, saying that it applied to western culture both back then and in the present, especially with the well-documented rise of religiously unaffiliated people or “nones.”
“If we continue to focus all of our efforts on improving the product that we deliver on the weekend, we’re going to end up putting on a better and better show for fewer and fewer people,” Greear continued.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski