I was listening to a message from Mark Driscoll in which he is expositorally preaching through the book of Galatians and I heard him say a few comments that really hit me. After reading a verse in Galations 1, he had us flip to another verse in 1 Cor 15:1. He begins reading…”Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you…” He stops after the word you, and mentions the fact that alot of people come up to him after the service and say “I thought this was a cool mega church, I thought you were supposed to be relevant and stuff, but all you tell me is that I am a sinner and you tell me about Jesus. I really want some other stuff, like finance sermons and stuff.” To which Mark replies, “Sir, when you leave for work in the morning, or when you return from a business trip after being gone, does your wife ever tell you she loves you and missed you?” The man replied “Yes, of course but what does this have to do with what we were talking about?” Mark simply says, “Thats all God wants to tell you, I love you and I miss you. The whole book is a love letter to you, and I think it is worthy to remind people of that every day, I never want to stop hearing it, and I need it in my life.” –Mark Driscoll
I have never heard it put that way before. Now, I have heard the term “love letter” used to describe our bible, but I never thought of preaching the gospel that way before. I have listened to so many “sermons” and “sermonettes (short sermons- more common in most churches) that honestly have gotten used to hearing something “new” and informative. When I hear the Gospel message usually is packaged in a way that it is so non-intrusive that I don’t even notice it being preached, and neither do the other people. This whole post reminds me of something my professor has always said “I want to preach and teach that our only hope is Christ”. Do I have anything against finance sermons, or marraige sermons, or …many other types of sermons? No, but after listening to this message I do feel a little sad after looking and ministering in our modern churches. I feel as though, we have lost something, and I believe, we have replaced God with ourselves. Do we just want to hear what our “itching” ears want to hear? I know that this weekend…I wanted to hear I loved you, I missed you. I am just thankful that someone was brazen enough to remind me.
To all the ministers out there-
Tell them He loves and He misses you, not with persuasive words, but with the Gospel.