Have you ever felt as though the leadership in your congregation is more concerned about “outreach” and being “missional” than proclaiming the comfort of the Gospel to those that gather week after week in your local congregation? Is the church failing to minister to you or your family effectively? The Gospel should be proclaimed every Lord’s Day to comfort weary saints on this journey. As Rod Rosenbladt often says, “Even Christians need the Gospel”. In a section titled, Reaching the Reached from A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship, Michael Horton writes:
In many churches, believers have brought their children to the Lord and are raising them in the fear and knowledge of God. But instead of feeding them in fulfilling its covenantal obligations, the church too often redirects the supply to the unchurched. And the sad reality is that the unchurched are often professing Christians who are in many cases returning to church only if there are no obligations placed upon them. It is church members who first need to be regularly evangelized, regularly brought low and raised up, regularly fed on God’s great work in Christ throughout redemptive history. Well-taught, well-connected, and well-cared for congregations will be outward-looking, eager to reach others with the gospel, and dedicated to acts of service towards neighbors. They will not need canned evangelistic speeches. They will be able (with their newfound time as a result of fewer church programs) to express their faith confidently and with a genuineness that comes from having been liberated by learning more about God and his word.
Michael Horton pp. 233-234 A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship