For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Cor 5:14–15
Faced with an increasing secular culture, many American Christians feel marginalized and dismissed. Some Christians have retreated into a personal faith, one to be enjoyed personally and or celebrated protectively with others, but not something to proclaim. Others have been told their faith may work for them but not for everyone, because there is no absolute truth.
These and other factors have caused churches and Christians to wonder if they should share their faith, and, if so, how? Is there power in a proclaimed, propositional message? Unsure of the answer, most say nothing.
Christianity was born in an abusive and persecuting culture, yet it spread through proclamation. It transformed the ancient pagan world of Ireland. It grew under the heavy hand of Chinese Communism. Such examples remind us that Christianity has grown even under some of the most difficult situations and cultures
How is this possible if Christianity is simply a personal faith or cultural construct? Some have observed the Bible reveals it was dual impact of the kerygma and the koinonia -- the powerful preaching of the gospel with the transformation of converts into a selflessness and sharing community. These two spirit-empowered expressions in combination with each other were unlike anything the world had seen.
A transforming message (Rom 10:17) paired with a transforming culture of love was made tangible by people who would proclaim Jesus wherever he led them. We can still offer this to the world.
This spring, we’ll consider various aspects to our Compelling Christianity and how it applies to our lives. We will look at seven aspects of our faith as they are reflected and declared in our Vision Statement. The series will end with a Vision 2020 update and review and a night of celebration.