We are sorry, Lord.
It is not easy to say, “I’m sorry,” especially if there is no perception of wrongdoing. But if we believe the Bible has always said, “Serve others,” and we have not matched our actions to God’s command,
then we have sinned against Him, haven’t we?
Have Mercy on Me, Lord.
In ancient Greek, kύριε έλέησον με (kyrie eleison me: kir ē ā / ā lā ē sohn / mē) translates into “Lord, Have mercy on me.” A shorter form, kύριε έλέησον (kyrie eleison: kir ē ā / ā lā ē sohn), is more popularly used in churches today, and translates to “Lord have mercy.”
Either way, this should be our cry. “Lord have mercy . . .
For our disobedience to the Gospel of Jesus,
For painting with our lives a picture of Christ that is not worthy of Jesus.
For the thousands who have suffered in life while we ignored them.
For the souls that have rejected Christ because of how we made Him look.
For the prayers and worship that have fallen short of God’s ears because of the barrier of our sin.
For believing that God does not care about those in need.
For raising generation after generation in ‘our image’ and not in God’s.
Until we acknowledge our sin in this area and apologize to God and those we have harmed by our sin, the movement toward complete gospel engagement will be missing the fullness of God’s power in our lives.
And once we’ve acknowledged our sin and repented of it — then we should think no more of it. We are forgiven and that sin, in the past, is now forever forgotten by God and so it should be by us.
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.