In the midst of my several membership interviews I have done this week, I have heard several different reasons why each person desires to join our church. Some reasons are better than others, but it affirms that we all evaluate church life differently. Because of this, pastors can be tempted to preach a certain way, conduct services a certain way, and even be perceived a certain way so that others will want to come to their church. Spurgeon cuts through the confusion of this competitive culture of church life with these words:
I would recommend you to choose the church of which you would be a member and the pastor whom you would hear by this one thing—by how much of Christ there is in that church and how much of the savor of Christ there is in that ministry!
Dear brothers and fellow pastors, resist the temptation to become a pragmatist. Just preach Christ and Him crucified. Love those people God gives you. We should want to pastor the church that is built on the power of the gospel and nothing else. We should want people to join our churches for this reason and this reason alone.
So do you?