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what result are you getting?

August 11, 2006

I was reading yesterday about a saying among management experts, “Your system is perfectly designed to yield the result you are getting”.

This applies itself on many levels.

Happy with your marriage…the system is working. Unhappy…with the “results” then you need to change the system.

Same for your business.

What about your local congregation. What “result” is being yielded? Growing? not growing? healing the broken hearted? reaching the lost? Making the world a better place? Making the neighborhood better? Baptisms weekly?

If the answer is no then to keep doing things the same way will produce the same results.

Dallas Willard writes,

“We who profess Christianity will believe what is constantly presented to us a gospel. If gospels of sin management are preached, they are what Christians will believe. And those in the wider world who reject those gospels will believe that what they have rejected is the gospel of Jesus Christ himself–when , in fact, they haven’t yet heard it.”

Phil Wilson was recently blogging about a quote from Randy Harris that says “What You Win Them with Is What You When Them to”.

I think we as those that profess Christianity need to take a serious examination of just what the Gospel is and what it is not.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2006 6:23 pm

    To put it more succinctly (which I realize I rarely ever do, but hey – it’s late Friday afternoon and the weekend has begun!), we could just try to follow the adage of the old song when it comes to the gospel – which, after all, means “good news”:

    Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.

  2. August 13, 2006 5:51 pm

    Sadly some among our tribe think that the lack of growth, etc., is more a sign of the times than a result of what we may or may not be doing. Outdated methods and language is defended as strongly as what is considered to be truth. Randy Harris’s quote, “What You Win Them with Is What You When Them to”, is so very very true.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 15, 2006 10:59 am

    I had the opportunity of attending the lecture Phil referenced. The entire lecture is very good. Randy has a unique way of getting to the heart of things. I think Phil had a link to be able to listen to it. I attended both of his morning lectures and recommed downloading them.

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