“Yeah! It’s Clobberin’ Time!”

So what do you think about sharing God’s Word and sharing The Gospel? Is either of these supposed to be “Clobberin’ Time?” I should probably explain that currently I’m looking at “Sharing God’s Word” and “Sharing The Gospel” as not always being the same thing. Here’s why.

When I think of “Sharing The Gospel,” I think of one message that is central to almost all Christian denominations in one form or another: “Christ died for my sins. Christ rose from the dead. Christ commands me to follow His example and to love as He loved. Christ will come again for me.”

When I think of “Sharing God’s Word,” I think of The Gospel, however I also think of how this phrase has been used with other portions of the Bible outside of the Gospel books for “Clobberin’ Time!” To me, this is when other legalistic-sounding things are added to The Gospel. It took me many years to understand “Jesus Plus Nothing.”

I want so much to believe and demonstrate that the Gospel is so strong and pure and direct from God that it is life-changing, whatever that change in a person’s life may look like to God, not necessarily to me.

I want so much to believe and demonstrate that The Gospel is strong enough on its own to make “Clobberin’ Time!” completely obsolete, especially includes the mental “Clobberin’ Time!” we occasionally give to ourselves!

I want so much to believe and demonstrate that The Gospel and God’s Word are The Person Of Jesus, not printed words on a page.

14 thoughts on ““Yeah! It’s Clobberin’ Time!”

  1. I’ve been thinking about what it means to share the good news gospel and for me, it’s baring my soul which, like the historic person of Jesus, died and was resurrected. There is no element of, “Come to Christ or else…” whatsoever. It’s more a gentle, strong love, saying I am here loving today because of God, without actually saying much.

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  2. “I want so much to believe and demonstrate that The Gospel and God’s Word are The Person Of Jesus, not printed words on a page.”

    That’s what people can’t understand my friend, most of people think that The Bible is just another book. Soo damn wrong, but C’est la Vie non? Peace brother. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I love my Bible, and I love how every book in the Bible reveals something about Jesus, if we will only allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us through its pages. It really saddens me when some use the Bible in a way that pushes people away from Jesus rather than drawing them closer to Jesus.

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    1. This reminds me of something that happened quite a few years ago, shortly after The Message Bible came out. I had a copy at work and a coworker a few cubicles away saw it, asked about it, borrowed it on her lunch break, and then asked to take it home for her husband to read. Well, of course I said “Sure!” He had been raised as a Scientologist, had tried to read the Bible, several versions in fact, but did not understand them. He devoured The Message Bible, and its message brought him to Jesus. I don’t mean for that to be an endorsement or an advertisement for The Message Bible, just as a way of saying when it comes to the question of “Which version of the Bible is best?” I’m more and more inclined to say, “Whichever one speakers to you so that you hear what God has to say to you.” Thanks for sharing, Tom!

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      1. Thanks for the story about The Message Bible. Occasionally, I cite it. If I find a passage confusing, I consider it worth referencing. Lots of people like it. Sometimes we need something paraphrased using modern idioms. That is something a purely literal translation doesn’t do.

        I sort of “cheated” too when I read the Bible the first time. I listened to James Earl Jones read the King James Version. The King James Version may be difficult to understand, but James Earl Jones is easy listening. Of course, sitting in one of the traffic jams that surround Washington D C, I was in not going anywhere.
        😀

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  3. The Bible says, “Jesus went about doing good.” I think that is the best way to share the gospel and if someone asks you why you are doing what you are doing, you can tell them God changed you and helps you in your daily life.

    People at my husband’s work have asked him how he can be so cheerful even though he has a disease (carcinoid syndrome). He tells them it is God giving him that attitude and knowing this life is not the only life he will have.

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  4. I remember that my Message once got me into trouble. The youth pastor was going through one of the epistles and his version wasn’t gender neutral, so it would use “brothers” where my Message would say “brothers and sisters”. I derailed his lesson because I had the audacity to question why the interpreters would leave out “sisters” and how he could be sure that women were meant to be excluded when only “brothers” were specified in certain passages. At least the Message translation was clearer, when it’s speaking only of women or only of men, it says so and when it’s speaking of both men and women it says so. Anyway, the youth pastor was so flustered, the next week he made a big show of presenting me with my own copy of his version of the Bible so that my version would always say what his version says and I’d never derail another lesson again.
    I actually found a lot of healing when I read the Message because it can’t be flummoxed with the way that other more literal versions can be. I remember when a person was talking about “head” and I jumped to the conclusion that it meant “authority” because of how my pastors taught me the Bible in such a way that the two always meant pretty much the same thing. When I read the Message, the way that it’s written lets me open up my mind to the possibility that “head” might mean “source” or “first” or “prominent” or “top” – other perfectly valid meanings that tend to be more common than “authority”. It sort of undoes the messed-up teaching I’ve had over the years. It let’s each passage speak for itself apart from the tangle of cross-references that standard versions tend to get mixed-up in.

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    1. That is a great story! It would have been a blast to have been there with you! I would have supported you wholeheartedly!

      For me, The Message is great for looking at the Bible in a different way (just as you said) and I think it adds more details to Paul’s epistles, for example, to really bring out meaning.

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  5. I just spent a weekend at an evangelization retreat at my Catholic church and we never talked about how to save people or how heavy our bible should be (laughed out loud at that one) but the focus was on changing our own lives, softening our own hearts, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and being transformed because then such a person will be a magnet that draws people to Christ. Great post, good discussions above… I used the Message version when I led teens, it’s so accessible.

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    1. Sounds like you had a great weekend! Sort of like “evangelization starts in your own heart first”?!? I like that a lot! Seriously I’ve laughed at “take out a few teeth” every time I’ve read it along with the page citation. Maybe I just have a slightly warped sense of humor! I like the magnet analogy a lot. There is a peace that draws people (much more than knowing all of the facts and having all of the answers).

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