Is Church Really Relevant Anymore?

One of the major challenges facing the church today is relevance. Is the church relevant in our “enlightened world?” The average church today is in decline.

The church needs to respond to the needs of our world in a relevant way, while caring out its Biblical mandate to make disciples for Christ. As we reach out to the next generation we cannot sacrifice sanctification and holiness on the altar of tolerance.
People of our time need to understand how the Gospel of Jesus Christ will make a difference in their lives, how following a faith that is so counter to today’s society can bring peace and joy to someone, and how placing our trust in God is wiser then trusting ourselves.

The church needs to do a better job of communicating the Gospel and its relevance. However, communication is a two-way street. In our what-can-you-do-for-me-now society, the onus has been placed on the church to convince society that following Christ is the preferred path for living, and that attending church and getting involved in ministry beyond worship is what we are called to do as children of God. And to some extent the church has this responsibility.

Our congregations need to understand we cannot grow in Christ by simply being pew potatoes, or by avoiding church all together. Sheep beget sheep. If church is to be relevant than the members must be willing to do their part to make it relevant. How o
One of the major challenges facing the church today is relevance. Is the church relevant in our “enlightened world?” The average church today is in decline.

The church needs to respond to the needs of our world in a relevant way, while caring out its Biblical mandate to make disciples for Christ. As we reach out to the next generation we cannot sacrifice sanctification and holiness on the altar of tolerance.
People of our time need to understand how the Gospel of Jesus Christ will make a difference in their lives, how following a faith that is so counter to today’s society can bring peace and joy to someone, and how placing our trust in God is wiser then trusting ourselves.

The church needs to do a better job of communicating the Gospel and its relevance. However, communication is a two-way street. In our what-can-you-do-for-me-now society, the onus has been placed on the church to convince society that following Christ is the preferred path for living, and that attending church and getting involved in ministry beyond worship is what we are called to do as children of God. And to some extent the church has this responsibility.

Our congregations need to understand we cannot grow in Christ by simply being pew potatoes, or by avoiding church all together. Sheep beget sheep. If church is to be relevant than the members must be willing to do their part to make it relevant. How often do we read the Bible, study its contents, or pray?

One of the problems we have as Christians is that we expect the church to awaken us, to get us excited about Jesus, and to motivate us to a new way of life. Well the truth is our faith does not work that way.

Following Jesus requires us to be active participants in our spiritual growth by taking part in the spiritual disciplines listed above.

A Relevant church is VERTICALLY-ORIENTED.
1. A relevant church serves an audience of one – God.
2. A church in which people passionately worship God with all that they have: Their hearts, their intellects, their words, their bodies, their money – everything
3. A church that is characterized by individual and corporate prayer.
4. A church that seeks to honor God by having every endeavor marked by excellence, integrity, and love.

A relevant church believes that God’s kingdom comes when we work TOGETHER.
1. A church in which individuals are connected to each other through a small group.
2. A church that welcomes people from racially diverse backgrounds and is committed to becoming increasingly multicultural.
3. A church that seeks to love and practice unity with the whole body of Christ.

How relevant is your church? What have we done to make church more relevant in your life, or in the lives of others? The body of Christ must come to realization that the church is not merely the building but it’s every one of us.

This is the Voice of the Overseer

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About johnhreid2013

Bishop in the Eagle's Rock Communion of Christian Leaders (ERCCL) and is member of International Communion of Evangelical Churches (ICEC). He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Family Outreach Ministries located in Woodbridge, VA.
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