The issue of church growth seems to haunt every pastor at some point. Why? Because so much is being said about it. I was at a conference this weekend where during one of the break-out sessions I was told all kinds of methods about church growth. I must be honest; I struggle with that. I have a real problem with the methods when I read what Scripture tells us. Listen to this:
“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” – Philippians 3:8
It seems to me that by far the greatest thing I can offer someone is Jesus Christ. We must share the Gospel. He is the draw. He is the need. Knowing Jesus is the goal of life!
If we get sidetracked, we start to look a lot like the Judaizers Paul was referring to in Philippians 3. They worked very hard to earn God’s favor. But let’s be honest, any attempt at cleaning up our own sin just smears it. It is like all of those times I have sent one of my kids to the bathroom to clean up after eating something sticky. Sure they try hard, but they get it everywhere else.
Would you say that your heart considers everything else a loss next to knowing Jesus? If not, what needs to change?