#Values - We value being relevant @ImageChurch Dumfries, VA
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What we value, we care about; what we care about, we love; what we love changes our world.
Are you ever sure that there are people in your area that need to know about Jesus? Go sit in traffic during rush hour, there is a lot of people to reach!
Why do we value being relevant? We care about people hearing the Gospel.
When this section is talking about the "spirit" of Paul being moved when he saw they were worshiping false idols, it is talking about Paul's heart, not the Holy Spirit. Paul was full of the Holy Spirit, but his heart was broken when he saw lost people.
If you want to go plant churches, but cannot reach people where they are and share the Gospel, reevaluate your priorities.
What we see here is Paul, staring with his people, going to the synagogue and then to the markets. The example we see is Paul going to people, right where they are! These people loved to talk and hear about new things, and what Paul was bringing to them was the newest and greatest truth they would ever hear.
Paul took the time to learn about the people that he was reaching, he starts out by relating to them where they were, then moving to discuss the things that they believed, and finally pointing them to the Truth that connected everything they were trying to do on their own.
Paul begins by speaking their language, talking about what they believed and showing how that connects to the one True God.
In our culture, the best way to reach people is to know people. We must be intentional and relational with those around us. The greatest language we can speak, to reach the people around us, is the language of relationship. We earn the right to be heard.
Paul had been miraculously transformed by Jesus, that his heart was desperate to bring others to that same miracle, face to face with Jesus Christ.
Even if we do a really good job of reaching the lost, of hanging out in Biblical community... do we intentionally put ourselves in situations to reach the lost?
It is not the relevance of the message we are preaching, but the transforming power of the Gospel found only in the Bible that reaches the heart. If we are deeply and falsely hurt by someone, do you make the conscious decision to reach that person with the Gospel?
There are thousands of people in YOUR community, RIGHT NOW, that need the Gospel!
We value being relevant because we want to be clear without compromising the truth.
If we only debunk people's beliefs, and do not give them the truth, it is like having a pure and perfect well that does not end, and only giving dehydrated people a Dixie cup of water...
v30 The times of ignorance, God has overlooked, but now He is calling EVERYONE to repent.
Our human efforts to try to determine the "unknown gods" in our lives is like walking around in the dark. The Gospel is more than just a flashlight. Adam and Eve, after sinning, tried to hide from God...
We don't have a choice, at the end of each of our lives we will come face to face with God and give an account for our actions. For those who know Jesus, He will stand with us. Do you want to be alone at that moment?
The gift of eternal life is found ONLY through Jesus Christ.
Imagine this... we desire and value proclaiming the Gospel in a culturally relevant way so that every man, woman, and child have an opportunity to see, hear, and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If we go out into our lives and start preaching the Gospel, and those around us laugh, is it because they have never seen us live like we know Jesus?
The intellectual and the simple person are both broken. Both desire to know hope and truth. We can be there to point them to Jesus.
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