Sunday I began a summer-long sermon series on “The Church that Connects”- as in connecting Christ to culture. The intro lesson served as a framework of the messages to come and was entitled “The Connecting Challenge”. In it I discussed the need to better understand current culture and briefly previewed some ways we can. The upcoming sermons will, of course, go into more detail.
The purpose of this blog is to introduce my four loyal readers to this series through the titles and ask for your input as a way to assist me in developing this material. I always enjoy learning from you.
Here they are:
Transforming Transparency– obvious reference to Romans 12:1-2 with an emphasis on how culture will not accept Christ’s message from a conformed people and how real transparent faith can connect.
The Atmosphere of Belonging– A look at Matthew 11:28-30 as a new paradigm for belonging and connecting.
Authentic Oneness– How division destroys any hope of connection- how we must model the spirit of Christ’s prayer for oneness in John 17.
Genuinely Relational– Our focus must be on people- not issues- again using the model and example of Christ in dealing with people while deflecting issues.
A Passion for Compassion– There is a reason why mission work to third world countries and the hot, dirty work of hurricane relief draws so many to be involved today. It connects. The church must be a center for compassion- just as Jesus was.
Offers An Exciting Faith Journey– The church in Acts is the backdrop here. To a remarkably similar culture they were able to cast a vision of an alternative, attractive and exciting worldview that captured the hearts of thousands. Why can’t we do the same?
A True Hope Focus– The “hope” teaching of Hebrews 6 still resonates. In a culture based on shaky values if we can demonstrate to them a true “anchor” then we can connect.
Embracing Healthy Traditions– An examination of our orthodoxy and what about it still connects and how we can use healthy traditions in positive ways.
Models Jesus– Really in a sense this is the subtitle of the series. Connecting is about true discipleship. Culture will only pay attention to us when they know our devotion is in line with our dialogue and that like Jesus, we are willing to take up a cross.