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Vantage Point: 5 Things We Must Do to Reach the Culture

By Ken Horn
July 25, 2010

With the exponential changes in today’s culture, it is harder than ever for the Church to relate to unbelievers. Many pastors and churches have incredibly creative ways of doing this. 

The apostle Paul did say, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22, NIV). But he also said, “Come out from them and be separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

Here are five biblical standards that must be maintained in our efforts to reach the world.

1. “Be holy” (1 Peter 1:16). There is a difference between engaging the culture and embracing it. Sadly, far too many Christians are so immersed in the culture one cannot tell the difference between believers and unbelievers. Our arms must be open, but our hearts must be pure. Holiness is not legalism. It means our lives must look like Jesus.

2. Be different (Romans 12:1,2). Peer pressure is strong for people of every age. But Paul clearly addresses this: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (v. 2, NKJV). The inner life focused on the things of God will transform the outer life. “Everyone is doing it” is not a good enough reason for a Christian.

3. “Preach the Word” (2 Timothy 4:2, NIV). Creative ways to reach unbelievers are a necessity. But solid biblical teaching and preaching must never be replaced.

4. “Make disciples” (Matthew 28:19,20). Our goal is not just to get people to church. And it also goes beyond getting them saved. Our goal is to help people to encounter the Lord and grow in Him. Maturity, not attendance, is the measure.

5. Value the spiritual. Measure your success by riches in heaven, not earthly possessions (Colossians 3:1,2; Matthew 6:20). In our prosperous nation, too many Christians clearly love the things of the world (1 John 2:15-17). Our “toys” often squeeze out time for God and can stunt spiritual growth.

Christians must reach the culture and maintain biblical standards. I’m convinced, with the Holy Spirit’s help, we can do both.

Ken Horn

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