Pointing Others to God's Word
The Baptist Faith and Message
Breaking down the Word
Christians join churches, and no one comes alongside them. There is no culture of single folks living with families to learn how to serve Christ. No culture of sharing the gospel with international students. Little hospitality. Only occasional invitations to Sunday lunch or Thursday night dinner. No men shepherding their wives, and no wives or older women generally discipling the younger women. No biblical counseling among the members themselves—counseling occurs only in offices. No thought of going to a church where the style of music may not be your favorite, even though it serves others. No thought of helping a family or marriage in trouble. Little reaching out to people with a different skin color or accent. Few if any young men meeting up with other young men to study Scripture.
With churches like this, it’s not surprising that some have turned to parachurch ministries. Their experience has taught them that the local church is the last place to look for discipling opportunities.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.