It’s a paradox. The church is countercultural. But to reach new people in the church we often use cultural means. You cannot express yourself in the public arena known as the church using cultural means unless you know what those cultural means are. It would be inauthentic any other way. So, to remain countercultural the church has to be engaged in the culture.
Easier said than done? It can be difficult to remain Christ centered when we venture into the real world from the safety of the church. The church fears enculturation. But that’s the wrong focus. We should fear isolation, which is what happens to local churches that do not engage the culture to remain countercultural. Only when we practice Building Worship Bridges by following Christ into the mission field to help new people worship Jesus are we able to be who we are.
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