Why is it so important that we approach every aspect of our ministries from a biblical perspective? Called to be “the Light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) and proclaiming the gospel message (Romans 15:20) requires this. If we try to ‘package’ our light or deliver our message in a ‘foreign container’, we will distort the light and misrepresent the Author of the message. It is vital to remember how Paul spoke of the gospel; “For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:11–12). This makes it imperative to present the gospel as it has been revealed without adding to or subtracting from it.
This imperative poses a challenge for our “western minds”. Ralph Winter said, “Most of those yet to follow Christ will not fit readily into the kinds of churches we now have.” Why is this true? We have placed more emphasis on the ‘package’ than the essential purpose and contents of the message. Our role as the church is to present truth and principles of the gospel which always remain the same and should not be changed in our practice, preaching or planting. What will change is how they are implemented in each people group that is reached with the gospel.
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