Craig Groeschel wrote this in a recent short blog post:
I’m thankful for the:
- Social conscious of the United Methodists.
- Emphasis on being born again from the Baptists.
- Focus on holiness from the Nazarenes.
- Power of the Holy Spirit in the Charismatics.
- Evangelistic hearts of the seeker sensitive leaders.
- Message of grace from the Lutherans.
- Attention to right doctrine from the Bible Church leaders.
- Heartfelt worship from Pentecostals.
- …and much more more!
I’m thankful that God uses different Christian Churches as His light in a dark world!
What are some of the differences you’re thankful for?
Does anyone else think it’s strange that United Methodists only get props for social conscious (conscience/consciousness)? It seems to me that at our best, Methodists should embody everything on this list. After all, you can find every one of these themes in the writing and preaching of John Wesley.
I know the spirit of this post was likely just sort of the general ecumenical, “I appreciate things from all denominations” sorta thing, but I really see it as a challenge. Are we just the nice socially aware denomination, or can we recover a passionate concern for justification, holiness, the power of the Spirit, evangelistic desire, grace, rich orthodoxy, and passionate heartfelt worship? I think this is a question worth asking.