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1 Obstacles churches face in accomplishing their mission Howard Culbertson Southern Nazarene University

2 Obstacle #1 Inherited religious forms may obscure biblical spiritualityInherited religious forms may obscure biblical spirituality –Gospel is communicated ineffectively –Caveat: There is a good side to “tradition”

3 Obstacle #2 Legalistic and moralistic distortions go uncorrectedLegalistic and moralistic distortions go uncorrected –Message and practices send wrong meanings –Church participation becomes a painful, mechanical pilgrimage

4 Obstacle #3 Wrong questions are being askedWrong questions are being asked –“What does the church need to do for me and my family?” rather than “What does God require of our community of faith?” –“What will make our church grow?” rather than “What is keeping our church from growing?”

5 Obstacle #4 Failure to deal with nominalismFailure to deal with nominalism –Too many “Christians” in name only Norm today: church membership is double attendanceNorm today: church membership is double attendance Lyle Pointer estimates only 20% of church members are “Biblical Christians”Lyle Pointer estimates only 20% of church members are “Biblical Christians”

6 Obstacle #5 Too many church members are pew-sitting consumersToo many church members are pew-sitting consumers –Up to 80% of some congregations are simply consumers –Results: Entertainment focus and ratings gameEntertainment focus and ratings game Insufficient ministry leadershipInsufficient ministry leadership The Reformation theme of the “priesthood of all believers” remains an ideal rather than a realityThe Reformation theme of the “priesthood of all believers” remains an ideal rather than a reality

7 Remember... If a basketball team is awful, it doesn't mean that the game itself is bad. It doesn’t mean that there isn't a team somewhere who plays the game the way it should be played.

8 Obstacles churches face in accomplishing their mission Let’s bulldoze them out of the way


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