When my now-grown children were young, one of their favorite bedtime books was Where’s Waldo?
Truth be told, it was one of mine as well. Now, our six grandchildren are following in their parents’ footsteps, and PaPa C, my granddad name, gets to read Where’s Waldo? bedtime books once again.
If you’re familiar with the Waldo series, you know it’s based on a really simple concept — Find Waldo on a page that is chock-full of other like-sized and visually similar characters and objects in a story tableau. Waldo is dressed each time in a bold red and white striped shirt, a red and white striped hat, blue pants and big, round, black glasses, carrying a stack of books. You might think he’d be easy to find, but trust me and thousands of parents and kids, he is NOT easy to find!
By now you may be wondering what the search for Waldo has to do with the Gospel of Jesus?
Simply put, churches have been forgetting important aspects of Gospel for so long that finding the complete Gospel of Jesus, the Christ, in the church can seem a lot like looking for Waldo.
This is My Prayer
God, please use me to encourage church leaders to embrace the Complete Gospel of Jesus, the Christ, reminding them that it is the unique role of the church to usher in the kingdom of God on earth by our actions, with our resources, through our love and lives of compassion, until the whole church cares about the whole Gospel in a whole new way, through the local church.
Charlie is founder of Making Faith Matter, a movement to help the local church return to the Complete Gospel of Jesus, the Christ. This is expressed best by Jesus when He taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Charlie's new book “Reclaiming the Forgotten Gospel of Jesus” explores what could happen when churches adopt establishing the “Kingdom of God on earth” as their primary purpose. Learn more...
Reclaiming the Forgotten Gospel of Jesus
For decades, evangelical protestant churches in America have preached a salvation-centric Gospel of Christ. Today, a majority of protestants believe this is the complete gospel, and their churches have aligned their teachings to “seek and save the lost” only. In doing so, they relegated the life, words, and works of Jesus to secondary, non-gospel status.
But, what if the story of Jesus, passed down to us in the New Testament (especially Mark, Matthew, and Luke), describing His life, actions, death, and resurrection, is true? What if it accurately portrays the whole story of Jesus, the Son of God, as He lived among us? What if He still lives with us, showing us how to live out the kingdom of God on earth?
What if Jesus’s life was a living gospel, as He said it was, yet it has been forgotten by the evangelical protestant churches in America? And if this forgotten gospel has been ignored, what should the church do about it?
The purpose of this book is to explore how the life, words, and works of Jesus can bring churches, pastors, denominations, and members back to the Complete Gospel of Jesus, the Christ.