Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Am I Sermon-Proof?

"Tens of thousands of churches {in the West} have become smugly sermon-proof.  'The Lord says: These people come near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up of only rules taught by men.' (Is. 29:13)]

This also stung me:
"For countless millions of people, following Jesus is little more than a cultural experience.  Joining church means little more than a cultural social club where they can meet new people and exchange pleasantries about inconsequential matters.  If the Bible is read at all, it is from a sense of duty rather than as a part of a relationship with its real, vibrant and life-changing author... Jesus is viewed as a historical figure who died on the cross, and as a future figure who will one day come again, but few Christians really, genuinely, walk with Jesus today, sharing their dreams, fears and concerns with him as a lover, friend and Lord."

Forgive us, and change us, dear Father and Friend!

Quotes again are taken from "Back to Jerusalem" by Paul Hattaway

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