Thursday, March 16, 2006

A Call for Relevant Ministry

"I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some." -- 1 Corinthians 9:22
Relevance is a big word in the church these days. Being "relevant" is a highly sought-after quality for ministries and local churches. One of the most prominent magazines is Relevant Magazine, aimed at 20-somethings. Relevant ministry is the buzz, and has been for some time now.

Honestly, I fear for many churches that live to be relevant. Nevertheless, I find this passage from 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 unmistakeably in favor of aspects of their approach. Specifically, Paul teaches here clearly that in order to communicate the gospel effectively, we must love unbelievers by living in their world.

Over the next few days, I'll be examining what relevant living looks like, according to Paul's description here. Hopefully, we can find helpful ideas on how to live alongside unbelievers as we pray for God to change their hearts.
More posts coming on this topic...
The Motive of Truly Relevant Ministry
The Servanthood of Truly Relevant Ministry
The Audience of Truly Relevant Ministry (coming soon)
The Holiness of Truly Relevant Ministry (coming soon)
More Posts on Relevant Ministry

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