JD Greear: Here Is How to Keep the Gospel, Not Politics, First

“I might be wrong in my opinion on universal healthcare, or I might be wrong in my opinions on global warming, but I’m not wrong about the gospel, and I don’t want to let my opinions on the former ever keep people from hearing me on the latter. And it means that I show a restraint about talking about certain things that I think I’m right about.” 

“[Matthew and Simon the Zealot] were on opposite sides of the most pressing political question of their day, which was, what do you do with Rome’s occupation?”

“Church-defining issues are the gospel, and we can disagree on secondary matters even with unity in primary ones.”

“We have to speak out against injustice, but I think there’s a certain level of strategy and policy prescription that we would be wise to stay out of. And where the Bible doesn’t draw a direct line, we shouldn’t draw a direct line.”

“[Pastors should] refrain from any implication of, ‘This is how we ought to vote.’”

“Recognize that there is some complexity in the political calculus that people use for who and what they ought to vote for.” 

“You ought to be really loud and clear about the problems with the candidates that people associate you with.”

“We’ve got to prioritize reaching the next generation or reaching our neighbors even more than we do our preferences.” 

“The tragedy for a lot of churches is that they seem to care more about preserving their traditions than they do reaching their grandchildren.”

“I don’t think [being unwilling to change] is only the older people. I’ve found that some of the most entrenched people are the younger people.”

“There’s a real danger in every generation of Christianity for good things to displace the one thing that can bring life…the gospel is the only thing in scripture that is referred to directly as the power of God, besides Jesus Himself.”

“If we’re going to see a renewal of the church and a completion of the Great Commission in our day, it’s not going to be because we cracked the missional code. It’s going to be because we have a restoration of the preaching of the gospel and gospel mission in ministry.”

Mentioned in the Show With JD Greear

Above All: The Gospel Is the Source of the Church’s Renewal
Charles Spurgeon
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
George Yancey
Martin Luther
Luke 12
Acts 15
Romans
1 Corinthians 15
A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches,” The New York Times

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Jason Daye
As Director of Ministry Development for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. Jason lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and six children, where he enjoys hiking with his family, fighting rainbow trout, summiting 14ers and swapping stories with good friends. Connect with him on Twitter @jasondaye