April 29, 2016

I Commit to Telling His Story

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Relevant. This word is one of the buzzwords many churches have been using to describe their method to reach out to the culture around them. For the church, it is important to understand that being relevant does not necessarily mean keeping up with recent trends. Attempts to be relevant fail when the church begins to chase culture while also neglecting discipleship as a growth strategy. A.W. Tozer put it this way when describing worship: “Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.” A relevant delivery of the gospel is one that resounds with its listener; it has a heart-level connection.

What does it mean to be relevant? Paul explains that he became “a servant to all, that I might win more of them,” and that he became “all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” Paul did not mimic or reproduce the culture he was in. Rather, he immersed himself in the culture. By becoming a servant to those within any given culture, he was afforded the opportunity to deliver the full weight of the gospel of Jesus Christ.