The Consumer and the Cross

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | May 30, 2014
"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming."  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

June 1, 2014

 SERIES -The Big Story

 The Consumer and the Cross

Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

John 6:1-15,51-66; John 12:24-25; Luke 9:23-25

 What store or restaurant do you think offers the best consumer experience?

 Attractional is about drawing in; Missional is about going out. Attractional can be achieved by a focus on the consumer while Missional can only be achieved by a focus on the crucified. How do you think an attractional and a missional church would differ in organization, activity, and participation?

“So a Christian is not a spiritual consumer, coming in to get his or her emotional needs met and then going home. A missional church, then, is one that trains and encourages its people to be in mission as individuals and as a body” (Tim Keller). Why would transitioning from an attractional (consumer) model to a missional (crucified) model of church be so difficult? What do you imagine would be the fruit – in the church and the world - of such a transition?

“The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them” (Kyle Idleman). How do you see the truth of Idleman’s critique in our churches today? in your own life?

“Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). What do you think this “cheap grace” looks like in our churches today? in your own life?

Matthew 4:18-20. Jesus’ initial call was not to receive blessing, study, or even worship, but to disciple others: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” How does this compare to our ministry and life priorities today?

John 12:24-25; Luke 9:23-35. Considering Jesus’ words, what do you think is be at the heart of Christian discipleship? How does this happen?

Jesus has many who love his kingdom in heaven, but few who bear his cross… All desire to rejoice with him, but few are willing to suffer for his sake…” (Thomas à Kempis). What do you think it looks like for us to not just consume Jesus’ benefits but be crucified with Him?

 

Coffee & Sunday School 9:30 a.m.  | Morning Worship Service – 10:45 a.m.

 

Monthly Fellowship Luncheon Immediately Following Service!

 

TUESDAY | THURSDAY, 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. MORNING PRAYER (Parlor)

 

WEDNESDAY | 7:00 p.m.  EVENING DEVOTION & PRAYER GATHERING (Parlor)

 

SATURDAYS | 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. MENS GROUP (High school class room | 2nd floor)  An informal time of fellowship and prayer where we encourage each other in our walk with Christ and with each other; ALL are welcome who desire to grow in their Christian faith and as Christian men. Any questions please contact Brian Vanden Brink 236-3922

 

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