From the Desk of the Associational Missionary
This is a continuation of the question: Are churches changing culture or is culture changing churches? The following are the Biblical characteristics the church should have. Again, what I will share is not original but what I have gleaned in my reading and research.
Evangelistic: Preparing believers to effectively share the Gospel in their communities and neighborhoods. This is challenge the philosophy of “I’m ok, you’re ok” mentality that is prevalent in our society
Compassionate: Taking the lead in compassion as our Lord showed compassion during His ministry on earth. The church must demonstrate a compassionate attitude toward those who are outside the faith. We must show we are concerned with not only the spiritual condition but the physical condition of people.
Believers: In a time when absolute truth is considered a myth by many and there are more than one way to know God we must become the living, breathing church taking the responsibility for leading people to Christ.
Risky: Dealing with tough issues within the church like sin and repentance will provide a firmer platform to speak about sin and repentance to a world riddled with guilt.
Loving: Society sees the love churchgoers have for their institutional church but not necessarily their love for the Lord and those outside the church. Our love must expand
Transformative: Radical life change, submission, surrender, holiness and sanctification have been replaced by repeating a prayer of salvation and getting involved in church activities. A transformation will separate us from our unchurched counterparts
United: We need to be united in our cause for Christ; however, we have the individual responsibility to be a light in a dark world
We need to be a force for Jesus Christ that sees our culture being impacted by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God Bless Steve