One of the questions we face so much now seems to be, "Is our church relevant for the 21st century?"
We see books and conferences that are designed to make our ministry relevant for today. What does it mean to be relevant? This is the 21st century, the new millennium. Things are different now. Or are they? What do we do to reach people?
We play more contemporary music and less of the old hymns. We put up buildings that are less traditional to appeal to more people. We have new technology to offer multimedia presentations.
What about the message we present? How has the message changed? Do we need to have a message that is more palatable to people of this present age? After all, the Bible was written thousands of years ago. Does it fit in our society today or do we need to tweak the message a little so it is easier to accept?
2 Timothy, Chapter 4, says, "The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine, instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." But, God says, "I am the same yesterday, today and forever!" Have our faith and beliefs become too watered down to make a real impact on our society?
I believe that as Paul said in his second letter to Timothy in Chapter 3, all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training. The methods may change but the message remains the same.
If we want to be really relevant and make a difference in our world today, we better get back to the true, honest word of God as found in the Scriptures. We dare not take anything away from, or add anything to, the word of God.
God has given us the Bible as a road map of how to live our lives while we are on this Earth. And we have been given no authority to edit or change his word in any way. It still holds the answers to life's questions.
Let's do it his way, and not ours.
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