Impact 18: Impacting your Community in 2018
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September 1, 2017
The buzzword among the majority of church leaders seems to be “relevant.” The question is often asked by ministers, “Is your church culturally relevant?” I often hear, “I want to be relevant.” Now, the problem, which arises out of this question, is who is defining the word, “relevant?” I heard a speaker recently say, regarding church culture, “Culture is changing every three to five years while the church’s culture is decades behind.”
Tony Morgan wrote, “The culture around us is changing. People are changing. Families and communities are changing. Your “competition” is changing.”
Let’s be honest; there is a problem in many of our churches concerning relevance in today’s culture. I’m NOT talking about BIBLE STUFF. I’m talking about the “ostrich syndrome” where many are burying their heads in the sand and not hearing the cry of their community. The purpose of the local church in every village, town, city or metropolis is to be a download portal for heaven. We must make a biblical impact on our community if we are to honor the Great Commission.
When it comes to the church, Jesus is the founder, planter, and owner. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20 KJV).
I deeply believe that every church, no matter their location, should have their finger on the pulse of their community. It would be biblically criminal to be “planted,” and every church was planted at one time or another, and not be sensitive to the community culture and spiritual need where you were placed. The local church was never intended to be an island in their community untouched by its need and spiritual condition. Every New Testament church must impact its community if it is to be a true New Testament church—the early church did.
We must realize that the world is changing the way it receives input. The church must understand there is a need to adjust its internal culture to address the external culture it has been commissioned to reach in a way, which they can understand. The Old Testament described a people that understood this when it said, “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do….”(1 Chronicles 12:32). The message has not changed since it came through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but the way in which we need to communicate it is continually changing.
Please don’t miss this year’s annual Sectional Council Tour in your area. WE will share some fresh insight on IMPACTING YOUR COMMUNITY. We are looking forward to some time together at these gatherings. I close with this: God has called us to turn Alabama upside down for Him and we MUST do so. Join me in this important time of synchronizing our hearts and purpose to IMPACT ALABAMA!