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What Do We Teach? (3 of 4)
Series: Discipling Into Christ
OPEN: Charles Paul Conn tells of the time when he lived in Atlanta. He noticed in the Yellow Pages, in the listing of restaurants, an entry for a place called Church of God Grill. The peculiar name aroused his curiosity and he dialed the number. A man answered with a cheery, "Hello! Church of God Grill!" He asked how the restaurant had been given such an unusual name, and the man at the other end said: "Well, we had a little mission down here, and we started selling chicken dinners after church on Sunday to help pay the bills. Well, people liked the chicken, and we did such a good business, that eventually we cut back on the church service. After a while we just closed down the church altogether and kept on serving the chicken dinners. We kept the name we started with, and that's Church of God Grill."
APPLY: Jesus said: "Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Exactly, what is it we should teach them???
I. Some believe we should teach new converts a set of rules. "Do this," "do that," "do these things," "fulfill this list" - and you'll please God.
Back in the early 1900's there was something called the "Holiness movement." It was well intentioned and grew out of a rising realization that people of that day had grown too casual in their relationship with God. People were out partying late on Saturday nights, engaging in gambling, wearing inappropriate attire to church, and so on.
Several leaders got together and determined that a set of guidelines was required to make Christians more responsible in their behavior. Rules included items like: women were to only wear dresses, no card playing was allowed and no dancing was permitted.
Like I said, they were well intentioned ...
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