HOW TO: In the world – But not of it

Have you ever struggled to figure out what sort of “methods” are Christ-like in a ministry endeavor and what are not?  Said another way: How do you figure out how to be “In the world but not of it?”

In a recent article, by Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, I found this very helpful grid by which to make decisions along those lines…

“One helpful taxonomy I have used for years to help teach on missiology is as follows:

·     Receive – There are things in culture that are part of God’s common grace to all people that a Christian can simply receive. This is why, for example, I am typing on a Mac and am going to post this blog on the Internet without searching for an expressly Christian computer or communication format.

·     Reject – There are things in culture that are sinful and not beneficial. One example is pornography, which has no redeeming value and must be rejected by a Christian.

·     Redeem – There are things in culture that are not bad in and of themselves, but can be used in a sinful manner and therefore need to be redeemed by God’s people. An example that has resulted in a great deal of media attention is sexual pleasure. God made our bodies for, among other purposes, sexual pleasure. And, although many have sinned sexually, as Christians we should redeem this great gift and all its joys in the context of marriage.

As you can see, each issue requires discernment.”

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