The Church that Risks

The Church that Risks

The church is so afraid of sinning, we take no risks. We must step out and be willing to make mistakes for the Kingdom of God as we follow Jesus. I hope you take such great risks that people accuse you of sinning. Religious people were always accusing Jesus of sinning. So if religious people are not accusing you of sinning, you are probably not following Jesus.

Why the church should not stick with what works

try something new

By sticking with the church traditions of the past, we may be sinfully ignoring the new things that Jesus wants for today. So we must try something new. If we make a mistake, it is okay. Sinning in our attempts to follow Jesus are much less grave than sinning in our attempts to play it safe.

Learn from Culture to Become the Church

Culture

Large portions of what the Early Church said and did, came not from heavenly revelation, but from cultural emulation. We can copy culture today as well. We must not run from culture, but watch, observe, and learn from culture, believing that God is at work there just as He is at work in our own lives, and that the needs and issues of culture can be championed by the church.

How the Holy Spirit Guides Culture

The Wind Holy Spirit

While the Spirit blows on the hearts and minds of Christians, the Spirit also blows on the heart and minds of others in our culture. Though discernment is required, the church can get cues as to what God is doing in the world by watching and learning from our culture.

Follow Jesus by Following Culture

The Holy Spirit and Culture

As the church seeks to follow Jesus into the world, one of the ways we can find guidance about where He is leading us is by looking to culture. The Holy Spirit is not only at work in Christians, but is also at work in the world. He is guiding history, governments, and even people who are the sworn enemies of God.