Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Missional Church Is Indigenous

The apostle Paul wrote, "I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some" (1 Cor. 9:22). If we're going to be effective in reaching people for Christ, we must live out this principle. We must be indigenous, reflecting our community to some degree.

Some churches reflect their community in unhealthy ways. Some have members who are gossips, backbiters, hateful, and opposed to the mission of Christ. Others have members who exchange the biblical standards of righteousness and personal holiness for an "anything goes" philosophy. Still others have members who diminish the gospel itself, substituting for it a gospel of easy-beliefism or a gospel of selfishness. These kinds of churches completely misunderstand the principle of which Paul speaks.

With the same determination that we allow absolutely no compromise of theological or moral truths, we must engage in a methodology that is flexible. The task of evangelism requires an amazing degree of elasticity. The methods that may be effective for one person might be ineffective for another. On a larger scale, a church in Tulsa will use different methods of ministry than a church in Zimbabwe. It's not the gospel that is different, but the customs and culture of the people.

Think about what it means to be "in the world, but not of it." How does that apply to you? Has your church become so dissimilar to the community around it that it has no voice? Has this happened to you personally? What do you need to do to become an indigenous Christian?


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