I’ve had individuals in my congregation make feedback like, “This ministry was finished thirty years in the past and labored, filling the church, we must always return and try this.”
The issue with that considering is that each the group and the church have modified. Merely duplicating a previous ministry or worship type or no matter won’t assure the outcomes of the previous. The truth is, a few of the decline within the church could have been from an unwillingness to vary with the occasions.
Some could counter by saying the gospel by no means adjustments. That’s right. The gospel is timeless however we shouldn’t confuse the content material of the gospel and our technique for speaking that gospel. Each Jesus and Paul tailor-made their message for the audiences they had been chatting with. Jesus and Paul had been related earlier than relevance was cool.
Having stated that, I don’t consider in jettisoning the previous. I’ve learn a few of the historical past of my congregation and have been impressed. They had been keen to take some main dangers to be able to develop the dominion of God. There was an actual pioneering spirit.
I consider it’s doable to embrace the rules with out duplicating the fashions. As an alternative of doing what the congregation did up to now, we must always emulate the motivations they’d for what they did.
I consider that church buildings that both attempt to reside up to now or ignore the previous are each unsuitable. We should always keep in mind the previous, be impressed by the previous, however put these rules into apply with out duplicating the previous.