Friday, March 16, 2007

The Church's Undoing - David Wells

"For it is certainly the case that the Word of God, read or preached, has the power to enter the innermost crevices of a person’s being, to shine light in unwanted places, to explode the myths and deceits by which fallen life sustains itself, and to bring that person face to face with the eternal God. It is this biblical Word which God uses to bring repentance, to excite faith, to give new life, to sustain that life once given, to correct, nurture, and guide the Church (Jer. 23:23; II Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:12; Jas. 1:18). The biblical Word is self-authenticating under the power of the Holy Spirit. This Word of God is the means by which God accomplishes his saving work in his people, and this is a work that no evangelist and no preacher can do. This is why the dearth of serious, sustained biblical preaching in the Church today is a serious matter. When the Church loses the Word of God it loses the very means by which God does his work. In its absence, therefore, a script is being written, however unwittingly, for the Church’s undoing, not in one cataclysmic moment, but in a slow, inexorable slide made up of piece by tiny piece of daily dereliction."

David F. Wells – Above all Earthly Pow’rs

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At Saturday, March 17, 2007 5:16:00 AM, Blogger Tim A. said...

Doug,
That is a great quotation. It is so sad to see that many people are not getting the Word of God in their church, when it is all important for them to hear it.
Sometimes when people do hear it it angers them. I think that is because they do not understand the conviction of the Spirit. It is taken as a personal offense rather than a work of God.
Bless you Brother.

 
At Sunday, March 18, 2007 8:59:00 PM, Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

The foundation of the Church is to be Jesus Christ. If the foundation of the CHurch is to be Christ, then the Church must also be built upon the Word of the Lord, the Scriptures which point solely to Him.

In the Old Testament, we see Jesus in Prophesey.
In the Gospels, we see Jesus in History.
In Acts, we see Jesus in the Church.
In the Epistles, we see Jesus in our experience.
In Revelation, we see Jesus
in His comming Glory.

 
At Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:00:00 AM, Anonymous Gordon Cloud said...

This is a great quote, Doug. I really need to get some of Well's stuff and read it.

 

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