The Unifier’s Body

The Unifier’s Body

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Sermon Description: Anchor Points #4 “The CHURCH is the Body of Christ.”

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Where’d My Easy Chair Go?

Where’d My Easy Chair Go?

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Sermon Description:  The greatest danger to a believer of Jesus is to become content with lower standards than what God wants for you and I to live. Preached by Rev. Marlene Buechel

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The Unifier’s Partner

The Unifier’s Partner

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Sermon Description:  Anchor Point #3  The presence of the Holy Spirit is essential.

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Core Value #2 – Relevancy

When you look back at 2,000 years of Church history worldwide, the issue of “relevancy”… well quite honestly, just wasn’t that relevant. Sure, the Apostle Paul did attempt to build a cultural bridge to his philosophically oriented listeners on Mars Hill in Athens to help them better hear the Good News – Message of Jesus, but truth be told, he only saw a few respond.

On MOST occasions, Paul just gave the Gospel message as straight as he could and the Holy Spirit did the rest. Ultimately, thousands of souls responded to this message of love and forgiveness to the point that the Roman Empire was Christianized.

 

The same would be true with John Wesley and the many other street level preachers that ushered in revivals near and far. “Being relevant” back then was a minor consideration at best. Folks had bigger fish to fry ~ like surviving from one day to the next ~ few were asking themselves, “is this message relevant to me?” They just listened with ears of faith and found God’s love which led their hungry hearts to reasons to be hopeful about the future. After all, the future is in God’s hands.

 

Of course, things today are not so simple……  Relevancy is not only expected by the public, it’s demanded.

Marketing gurus on Madison Avenue say things like, “If it’s not relevant, then its a waste of time. People will flock to what is relevant and ignore everything else.” This message contextualized for the Church is easy to understand “Get relevant or die…or worse…get ignored!”

Hey, these Madison guys may be right, but I still have to believe in the power of Christ’s love to be the more authentic and realistic way of calling our souls to the realization that we were created by the living God to seek Him first.


I see the question of “is it relevant?” being a first cousin to the question “what’s in it for me?”

 

That kind of motivation seems to be contrary to the teaching of the One who said, “If anyone wants to be my disciple, let him DENY himself.”  Yes, Paul did say “by all means to save some” and I truly believe the essential necessity of creatively stretching out our hands to those that need the hope of Jesus,

but only in the authenticity of the real love of God!

Ultimately, I find this issue of being “relevant” very squishy. One person’s Justin Bieber is the next guy’s Benny Goodman; Relevancy is very customized. The temptation for the church here is to become so accommodating to the multiplying whims of culture that “being relevant” becomes the mission of the Church and not just its tone.

 

My conclusion is basic: What could be more relevant than seeking our Creator with hearts on fire for His presence. Call it Presence Driven Relevancy!

 

The Unifier

The Unifier

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Sermon Description:  Anchor Point #2  It’s all about Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Colossians 2:9

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