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Keep it simple
May 31, 2010
by Pastor Billy Wallace, Dassel Church of Christ

I like things that are simple. I don’t mean simple as in, rudimentary; I mean simple as in, easy to use.

I love Google, because you open Google up and there’s not a whole lot there to navigate through. You type in what you want to search for, hit enter, and tada! You are now open to a world of possibilities.

I love my Ipod. It’s very simple to use. There’s one basic button, and the Ipod does most of the work for you. It’s certainly an amazing little tool, but it’s easy to use.

The faster-paced our world gets, the more we crave simplicity. When I come home from a long day, I want my cell phone, or my computer, or my television to be simple. Everything else seems to be complicated in my life.

I think the same is true of the church of today. I think people are looking for a church that is simple. Again, I don’t mean simple in a derogatory way at all. I simply mean that people are tired of unnecessary complications.

Jesus was a master at keeping things simple. As He taught, He used examples all around to help the people understand His message. He used farming. He used fishing. He used various things in nature to help people understand His message.

When the church was established, it was simple. There were apostles who ministered to various churches. There were elders who ministered to the local church, and there were evangelists who preached both locally and to various churches.

This was it. They had the Scriptures, and that was it.

Don’t you think it would be refreshing to just get back to the simple, New Testament church?

Don’t you think it would be refreshing just to use the Bible as our guide, and not man-made constitutions and creeds?

The message of the Gospel is simple. All of us are sinners who can’t do anything to earn salvation, because sin has separated us from God. The only way that we can be right with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. That’s about it.

In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church, here’s what he said about his preaching:

“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-3

Paul came with a simple message – Christ, and him crucified.

Let’s not muddy up the waters for people with our traditions and our creeds. Let’s not muddy up the waters for people who need Jesus, but don’t need our own opinions and theories.

Let’s keep it simple so that everyone can know about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.