A Too Narrow Gospel?

Amy L. Sherman in Kingdom Calling (Downer Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2011) reflects on Proverbs 11:10: “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices.” We are called as believers to bring the Kingdom of restoration and blessing to our communities. In her third chapter, she reflects on why there are so few “righteous.” Her answers fascinate me. We have, too frequently, a “too narrow gospel” focusing on getting into heaven when we die. This weakness if amplified by worship music that only seeks to encourage us, rather than propel us into engagement with the needs of the world, and by a view of heaven that forgets that we will bring the fruits of our labours into eternity. (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, Revelation 21:24,26.) Her final reason is that is hard work bringing blessing to broken towns and a lot of Christians aren’t up to it. Challenging stuff!

Axel Schoeber
I teach Supervised Ministry and Baptist Identity, and I shepherd the Graduate Internship Program for pastors new to the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. I follow current affairs and, as an old soccer coach, I love a good game, particularly if it involves the Vancouver Whitecaps or the German national men’s team!

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