Tag Archives: Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll: Jesus vs. Religion

5 Mar

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Jesus the Evangelist

8 Jan

I’m often asked why Calvinists need to be enthusiastic about evangelism if God is sovereign and the elect will be saved anyway. Mark Driscoll posted this week on evangelism and reformed theology, reminding us to look at Romans 9-11; in the middle of Paul’s treatment of God’s sovereignty in salvation, he tells us that people need to tell others the gospel for them to be saved:

God is fully sovereign. In regards to evangelism, God’s sovereignty includes selecting when and where we would live, who would we meet, and granting us the opportunity to do evangelism so that the elect will be saved. This is because God is sovereign over both the means and ends of evangelism. God has not only determined who will be saved, but has also determined how He will save them—and this often includes using our evangelistic efforts, though God can also save people apart from us as He chooses. God often chooses to allow us to be involved in the process so that we might share in the joy of seeing people’s earthly and eternal lives forever transformed through Jesus.

 Driscoll continues with Jesus’ role in evangelism: 

Practically, this means that by understanding that God is already at work on the elect, we are able up to do evangelism with the greatest amount of freedom and joy. We can share the gospel of Jesus in full confidence that God will use it to save some people because they are elect. On the other hand, if some people should not respond to the gospel in faith, we should not take that personally but rather pray that God would open their blind eyes to see His love and also humbly trust God’s will and timing in all things.

Lastly, the fact that Jesus remains to this day an active evangelist is of great encouragement to me personally. It means that children who are aborted in the womb, those mentally incapable of understanding the gospel, and those people who have lived in times and places that missionaries did not visit are not necessarily beyond the hope of salvation. Indeed, Jesus could visit and save anyone anywhere because He remains The Evangelist.

The Shack

28 Dec

The Shack has been a popular seller for a few months now, and the opinions of both Christians and non-Christians are hugely varied. I must admit I haven’t read this yet, although I intend to. Mark Driscoll Shares his thoughts below:

Driscoll’s Reformission

20 Dec

I’ve just finished reading Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll. It’s good. In fact, it’s so good that I’ve bought myself a copy. Among other things, it addresses Churches who are plodding along comfortably as they are with few signs of biblical, effective communication of the gospel with lost souls around them; it also speaks volumes to those who dilute the gospel to make it more attractive. I can’t say I agree with everything Driscoll says, but the overall sentiment is powerful. He writes

Reformission is ultimately about being like Jesus, through his empowering grace. One of the underlying keys to reformission is knowing that neither the freedom of Christ nor our freedom in Christ is intended to permit us to dance as close to sin as possible without crossing the line. But both are intended to dance as close to sinners as possible by crossing the lines that unnecessarily separate the people that God has found from those he is still seeking.

It’s all about how we engage with the lost and share Christ with them in a way that is both bibilically uncompromising and culturally accessible.

Reformission evangelism understands that the transformed lives of people in the church are both the greatest argument for, and the greatest explanation of, the gospel…

Reformission insists that evangelism is more about a lifestyle for all of God’s people… and that the gospel is made clearest by the honest words and open lives of those who have been transformed by grace.

Driscoll is big on lifestyle and culture, but won’t budge on the need to proclaim Christ as he is revealed in scripture. He often generalises and can be quite vicious in his attack on sub-standard Churches which can sometimes get in the way of an otherwise very helpful book. Also, I do wonder if sometimes his desire to be ‘in the world’ can give the appearance of losing some lifestyle distinctives, although he reminds us that we do need to understand our culture if we are to be effective at sharing the gospel in it. Taken with a pinch of salt and a careful mind, I commend this book to your reading lists. You can get a copy here.

Mark Driscoll – getting our attention

10 Sep

The Gospel is provocative and will offend people. Too many people don’t love Jesus. They don’t hate him either. They just couldn’t care less. Driscoll reminds us that we need to get people’s attention if we expect them to react to the gospel at all, using examples from Ezekiel and Hosea.