Medium v/s Message…

Medium v/s Message…

“in the end the medium always becomes the message.”  Alan Hirsch – The Forgotten Ways

How tough it is in pastoring a church to keep the focus on the message we are called to bring.  You may say that doesn’t make sense.  The church is all about Jesus and the message is about Him.  This is true, but if you are a Pastor you know what I’m talking about.

While we share the message about Jesus and His redemptive love over time people become more focused on the vehicle or medium that the message comes through than the message itself.  Thus, the focus becomes the church itself.

Pastoral leaders spend a great deal of time focused on the building of churches, finding better ways to do church, addressing the problems of the church.  Our focus is more on the organization of church rather than the person of Jesus. 

Without Jesus there is no church.  The reason for church is Jesus.  Our focus should be on Him.  In the book of Acts, those who believed on Jesus intuitively began to share their new life and message with those around them and they began to naturally gather wherever and whenever they could.  The church flowed out of the focus on Jesus. 

When we focus too heavily on the building of our church we can be pulled away from Jesus.  We can depend more on our ability to cleverly do church and focus more on the building the organization than on Jesus and His redemptive power.

As leaders, if we cause those we Shepherd to become more dependent on the church as an organization and her ability to provide programing for their every need, then they will become co-dependent on the church rather than Jesus.  We will raise anemic disciple who cannot stand on their own faith and to believe in the total ability of Jesus to personally enable them to face all challenges of life.

We must be careful to not focus more on our medium than our message.  It is a fine line between the two.  So fine that we can think it’s all about Jesus when we’ve made it more about the church we serve.

Keep the focus on Jesus.  If we are in Him, we are the church.  Jesus said He would build the church (us) as we laid hold of the revelation that He is the Christ.  He is everything you need.

  • Are you letting Jesus build you?
  • Does your life reveal a total dependence on Jesus?
  • When was the last time you blamed the church for something that you should have been dependent on Jesus for?
  • If you are a Pastor, do you spend more time on the medium or the message (Jesus)?
By | 2017-03-20T08:35:58+00:00 November 6th, 2008|Books, Church, Leadership|2 Comments

About the Author:

John is a sought after speaker and founder of Transforming Life Ministries. He’s also a writer, teacher and equipper bringing an honest and practical voice to today’s and tomorrow’s church. He has a passion for people and helping them encounter the transforming life of Jesus. John and his wife Amy, presently reside in Wilmington, North Carolina with their three children, who he thanks for their four cats and a rabbit. They also have a foreign exchange daughter Jenny, from Germany. Transforming Life Ministries is presently working to build a Camp and Retreat Center, called The Fountain in Fountain, NC.

2 Comments

  1. Peggy November 15, 2008 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Pastor Hobbs, I am from Long Island, my cousin sent me the link to your blog. We had been talking about this very thing and I was sharing with her how blessed I am to be a part of a church where Jesus is the focus and not the building or the music ministry! (been there, done that) My church is only three years old this month but most of us have at least 20 years with the Lord, so we have all been through some stuff in previous churches.
    Anyway, it was good to see that God is moving in many of our lives to come back to our first love, and stop getting caught up in things and programs. If we truly love one another, worship God, and show the love of God to people, the church will do more good than by being overworked, disconected folks who are too tired and burnt out to be any good to anyone.
    I liked what you said about some people becoming co-dependent on their church. I have seen a lot of that. I pray that Jesus will continue to open our eyes to HIs ways, not just His will. I truly believe that if we really get to know Him, we will be changed.
    God bless!

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