Transformation of the World, Focus 8

By Steve Wood

I have enjoyed immensely the worship time each evening at General Conference despite the length of some of the services (consensus is 7:30- 10:45 pm is just too long!). The heightened awareness on issues of repentance, healing, restitution, and restoration to draw close to God and others and make things right have been inspiring and meaningful.

In the spirit of holy conferencing I must confess my deep concern about a few of the comments from the platform that do not reflect our stated doctrinal standards that have been part of the bedrock of our church from the beginning. The most disturbing was the comment from one of our plenary speakers who urged us to focus not on making disciples of Jesus Christ and really focus on the transformation of the world.

I believe the Bible and our doctrinal standards are crystal clear that there can be no sustained transformation of the world (or individuals) apart from the atoning work of God in Christ through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. The Doctrine of the Trinity and the Doctrine of the Atonement make no other provision for the transformation of the world than through God’s redemptive work through Christ and his atoning blood. Thus, making disciples of Jesus Christ is the only gateway to the authentic transformation of the world.

I have great hope for our church but exhort us to “watch our life and doctrine closely” (1 Timothy 4:16) because there is great peril in departing from the main thing, to make disciples of Jesus Christ to the glory of God. If we will stay the course of guarding the scriptural authority of God’s great Word, the revival and transformation will come.

Lord, let it be so in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen!

Steve Wood is Sr. Pastor of Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church,  North Georgia

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