I have found this quote to be SO true - the more 'entertainment' you give the more the community comes back wanting. Oversimplifying the gospel takes all personal thought and wrestling out of spiritual maturity.
I love this quote: C.H. Spurgeon said “If you have to give a carnival to get people to come to church, then you will have to keep giving carnivals to keep them coming back.”
We have discovered this at Crossroads. You have to ask - are people coming desiring ever increasing closeness with the Lord or just to be spoon fed and enjoy themselves with easy listening and over-explained programing elements??
I will NEVER stop trying to communicate in creative excellent ways, but, not so much so that it requires no commitment on the part of the congregation. Jesus asked men to follow Him, and it never meant just for that day - or come watch the exciting 'miracle' parts of ministry and then just go back home...He meant FOLLOW ME. (period)
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