“Is Today’s Church Still Relevant for God’s Intended Purpose?”

Posted: June 13, 2015 in Personal Evangelism
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Romans 11:1-12; Ezekiel 37:5-6

Before God made for Himself a people He would call His own. Before creation, He saw them. He could see them living in obedience to Him. He had planned, predetermined, for them to be His people. He had predetermined them to serve only Him. He had predetermined that they would spread His Name among the world.

God foreknew them. He saw them, even before He created them, He saw them as they would be in eternity. But, after creating them, not long after making Adam and Eve, the woman and then the man sinned against God, their creation Father. They were separated from God by their sin.

Sometime later, God decided to make for Himself a nation, a people He could call His own. So he called out Abram from Ur. God made a cut a covenant with Abram, promising him he would be the father of many people. Abraham became the father of God’s nation. God had predetermined that His people would serve and worship only Him.

God saw His nation of people before He created them. In His foreknowledge, God saw them loving Him, serving only Him. Worshipping only Him. But, His people took up the sinful ways of the people they were supposed to tell about Yahweh. Instead of making followers of Yahweh, God’s people became followers and worshippers of the false gods of the sinful people.

God, loved His people. But they had committed spiritual adultery. They had sinned against God. So, He chastised His people. He allowed their nation to be conquered by a foreign nation, who did not worship Yahweh, but a false god.  God allowed His people to be subjected to persecution and affliction, and bondage, to be killed and plundered. They had taken up the ways of the world and did not fulfill their intended purpose. They were supposed to impact the world with the Word of God and the teachings of God. They were no longer relevant in their world. They were not making the difference God had predetermined they would have on the world. So He chastised them for a time.

Then God, the God of the Israelites would rescue them and restored them to season of peace from attack and persecution and affliction by a foreign nation, because His people had returned to serving and worshipping only Yahweh.

When God’s people sinned, they had to pay the penalty of their sin. Today, we see the church in a light of not being relevant. Some experts are saying that church has become ineffective, “The Church is no longer relevant,” they say and write. The question we must asked ourselves, “Is the Church not relevant in today’s world. Why not?” The next question the church must ask itself is, “Why are we not relevant?”

We must take to heart 2 Corinthians 13:5. The Apostle Paul instructs the church to “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you [a]fail the test?”

Are churches carrying out Jesus command to evangelize the world, to impact the world with the gospel, or has the church become too much like the world to be relevant to God. What are our spiritual roots?

We must return to Hebrews 12:1-2.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Verse one, says, we are to lay aside, cast away, every weight and sin which clings so closely so we can run our race for God. Is the church no longer relevant because it is weighed down with good things that are not really making a kingdom difference for eternity? What sins has the church taken on that is weighing down the church so that it is longer relevant?

Let us “Go and make disciples are Jesus of all peoples.” (Matthew 28:19) Study Jesus’ examples of how He evangelized, how His disciples evangelized and how the early church evangelized the world. Then let’s become relevant again for God’s intended plan and purpose. Let’s Go tell the world about Jesus!

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