A relevant church in the 21st C must be one who teaches their body to obey everything Jesus commanded. I believe we have lost track of this decades ago. The consequence of this has been disastrous resulting in waves of people leaving the church and churches closing their doors.
The crossroads that we are at today are very straightforward, do we take the words of Christ as our bottom line in all we think say and do or do we continue to give lip service to them individually living mediocre lives a we corporately watch church after church close their doors.
Specifically for this undertaking the words of Christ we are referring to are familiar to us no doubt.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
How we look at this and respond to this determines so much if not everything going forward in making the church relevant today.
In a past blog I challenged the relevance of the church today. I got several comments telling me the relevance of the church was basically in the eyes of the beholder and to a slight extent that is true but I maintain that is an attitude that eventually will continue to close church doors and keep our lives mediocre.
Why? Because this basically consumeristic attitude flies in the face of Matthew 28. None of the comments had anything to do with obedience or replication.
A relevant church must be making apprentices of Christ as He commanded. People who think and act as Christlike as possible on this side of Heaven. People who continue to show His light in the face of increasing darkness.
To do such they have to be invested in by people who are apprentices of Christ, who live and act with Him in mind AS A WAY OF LIFE. Sadly they are few but they do exist.
Apprentices need to help the people they are investing in to understand that the path to Christ likeness involves first developing a rock solid confidence in Jesus Christ as MASTER, TEACHER, LORD and SAVIOR. This confidence will then lead to a desire to be an apprentice of Christ leading to a life of obedient light in the face of darkness. A life full of the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control. The apprentice then will as a way of life bear this good fruit as he/she carries out the works of the Kingdom.
Going forward we need to take a look at what each of these steps look like so as to get an understanding that leads to action within your church and your life.