How can church change (without compromising the message) to reach people for Christ in your community?

Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!  If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.  What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it.  Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.  To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.  To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.  1 Corinthians 9:16-23

What this is saying is that we need to preach and “be church” in different contexts and that might look different from one place to another.  Why?  “To win as many as possible.”  How did I get to that conclusion?  “I have become all things to all people.”  Paul wasn’t a “pleaser.”  He just wanted to reach people with the unchangeable gospel.  Read through Acts and see the different and varying methods that he (and the rest of the early church) tried to do that.  How can our (your) church change (without compromising the message) in order to reach people for Christ in your community?

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One thought on “How can church change (without compromising the message) to reach people for Christ in your community?

  1. Paul was a marketing master… he assessed his crowd and tailored his message to connect with each demographic. Awesome!

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