Mark Driscoll Putts Preachers in Their Place

If we get past Mark Driscoll yelling when he preaches, looking angry when he speaks, and the fact that he doesn’t particularly care for bloggers (even though he has his own blog), then he really does have a great message – especially for church planters and anyone else who is passionate for the church in the 21st century.

I wisely invested the last 1 hour and 15 minutes of my life watching his talk titled “Putting Preachers in Their Place”, which by the way, he does a great job at. He also puts many emergents, post-moderns, and home church proponents “in their place”. After watching this video, I understand why he questions the idea’s presented by George Barna in “Pagan Christianity”.

What does Mark say in this conference session? Well, invest the next 1 hour and 15 minutes of your time wisely and you will know. But be warned, he yells, looks angry, and slams blogging. Apart from that he has a powerful message for pastors, elders, and the church. If you are passionate about the church and proclamation of God’s truth, Mark’s message “Putting Preachers in Their Place” is for you.

Here are some of the take aways I wrote down, but this list is not at all conclusive. You still need to watch it yourself.

2 of Marks opening thoughts.

  • One of the evidences of the working of the Holy Spirit is preaching.
  • The new testament church is birthed through the Holy Spirit in preaching the word – just as God spoke his word and brought forth creation.

What is the church?

  • The church is where every we see the congregation, where God’s word is preach, and the sacraments are administered.
  • The church is a gathering of God’s people – that doesn’t mean that everyone that gathers with the church is part of the church.

5 Characteristics of Church

  • Jesus is the head of the church
  • Right leadership – male elders
  • The word is preached when Jesus in the center piece
  • Sacraments are practiced
  • Churches discipline

Some of Mark’s additional thoughts

  • The preaching of God’s word is essential. But without the other aspects of the church, your preaching will be impotent.
  • It is just as important to peach Jesus incarnate and exalted. Don’t just preach 33 years of Jesus life. Preach about him before and after his 33 years because is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Now go listen to Mark’s message yourself. My notes don’t do it justice.


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