I preached a message recently titled, “Change to Stay the Same!” using 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 as my text. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
It leads us to the question: What does it mean to stay faithful to the Gospel? And how can we preserve its original meaning? The problem usually is that we focus on trying to preserve the way we’ve always done it, and not on being the best at sharing the Gospel. Truth is understood through language, culture, and the time it happens. Believers and churches (hopefully made up of believers) should be in a process of constant refocusing to be true to the meaning of the Gospel. We have a choice between facing the future or backing in to it (looking backwards to what was instead of what can be)
There are four areas to change in order to stay faithful to the Gospel:
1. In our understanding – new spiritual and bibiblical thoughts. We need tradition (values & roots) to grow & be strong, but not traditionalism (roots us down, deadens us, and makes us dogmatic).
2. In our dialogue – new commitment to conversation with “others”. We need to listen with “God” ears, and hearts.
3. In our connectedness – new focus on missions. We need to recognize opportunities to connect with other believers, and if necessary create new ones.
4. In our fellowship – new ways of being the church. The question is not about why we feel as we do about God, but seeking and proclaiming the truth about God!
I’m excited about what God wants to do in our lives. We just need to stay faithful - even if it means doing things differently.
Have a good and Godly day.