This never changes! But that Must!

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Missionary Paul wrote to the troubled church he had planted in the city of Corinth, and reminded them of the Gospel he had first brought to them. He summed it up as God becoming man in Jesus, coming to earth, dying on a cross in payment for our sins, and rising from the dead, all as promised in the scriptures. That message of Good News never changes. The message of the Bible never changes.

God has a wonderful plan for all people, that they might be at peace with God and enjoy and abundant and meaningful life. Mankind, however, has a problem. Our sins have separated us from a loving God, and no matter what we may try, we can not overcome the separation from our sins. But God provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him. Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sins. Our response of faith enables us to experience God’s forgiveness and ultimately be restored to a relationship with our Creator.

While that message never changes, the vehicle to deliver it must constantly be adjusted to a relavent form of delivery to the culture. Almost 60% of the American culture is probably outside the reach of the traditional church methodology. That said, the strategy was given by Jesus and is timeless. We pray. We Go. We seek out the person God has already prepared to receive the Gospel (Luke 10 calls this person the “man of peace”). Each person has a “household” of relatives and friends that comprise their circle of influence. So discovering the man of peace, we gather with him and his household in a discovery study of the Gospel stories. As some of these men and women respond in faith, we train them to reproduce the same process. Why do we make it so hard?

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