by Markus Lloyd
The American church is starved of the gospel. We don’t really even know what it is anymore. That is why people don’t share it! The "Missional Movement" is another attempt to bring the Church back to the gospel, and for it to succeed, the gospel is where the movement must live. We have some amazing leaders for this movement but we must be careful not to make the same mistake that other movements have made and turn the leaders into the source for the gospel.
The wonderful men and women who are speaking and writing books on Missional living are not to be worshipped. They are, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians, merely servants of God. (3:5) Their ideas are not original or their own, but rather they received all knowledge and insight from the Holy Spirit for he is the source of all wisdom.(1 Cor. 4:7) So, let no man boast about another man's "wisdom" for all of it is from God.
The gospel has never changed nor will it, so that is why IT and not another man’s words has to be the foundation for our lives for “no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 3:11) “Do not go beyond what is written. Then you will not take pride in one man over against another. “ (1Cor. 4:6) The Bible points us towards this gospel. So, if you want to quote something, quote the Bible not something out of another man's book. If you want to draw your neighbor to Christ, then use the gospel given to you in God word not some perfectly worded phrase you heard from a speaker at a conference so that their “faith may not rest in the wisdom of man but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:5)
The gospel i.e. Christ's Love must have the first and last word on everything we do and be the lens through which we view all things. If we can stay in the center of that place then we can truly see the church complete it’s movement back to the Gospel.
There. Now we are ready to talk about this Missional movement....