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A powerful, life-giving church is one where God is the focus and scripture is the center of teaching. Unfortunately, many churches today are more focused on offering entertainment. Ron Brown joins Gary Wilkerson to talk about how churches can focus on God and truly become a light to the world around them.
Key Points from the Podcast
Unfortunately, there is a lot of frivolity, folly and foolishness being preached from pulpits in American churches.
It is important for Christians to honor and be students of the Word of God all our life.
Much have the American church has become distracted with entertainment, budgets, pop psychology, and appeasing the crowds.
Our focus in the church has sadly shifted from being God-centered to man-centered.
God’s desire is for us to know him, truly worship him, and to take the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.
As people of God, we are to hunger and thirst for God and the things of God—the Bible, righteousness, prayer, evangelism, etc.
True justice is God’s righteousness on display in the earth—creation being ordered as he intended it.
There shouldn’t be any discrimination, racism, prejudice, or partiality in God’s people.
The Holy Spirit of God is central to the Christian life. He initiates our salvation, gives us revelation and understanding, builds us up, and sustains us.
Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast
Psalm 119:103; Psalm 1:3; Isaiah 40:9; Isaiah 55:8–9; 1 Peter 2:9; Luke 9:23; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Matthew 5:6; Isaiah 6:1–5; Zechariah 4:6–7; Romans 10:13; Philippians 1:6; John 19:30
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast
About Ron Brown
As Executive Director, Ron Brown oversees the ministry of Teen Challenge Southern California and its ten ministry locations. In addition to the year-long structured Christian discipleship ministry for those addicted to drugs and alcohol, Teen Challenge Southern California provides comprehensive outreach and prevention programs for inner-city youth at risk of gang affiliation and drug abuse. In addition to his duties as Executive Director, Ron is passionate about leadership development and encourages pastors and Christian leaders through conferences and seminars locally, nationally, and internationally.
About Gary Wilkerson
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.