v 11. “We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
One Gospel for all kinds of people.
This very basic understanding of the Christian Gospel brings everyone to the same level – rich and poor, simple and clever, sick and healthy; Paul would have added slave and free, Jew and Gentile. God’s plan of salvation depends not one wit on the state of our humanity or our place in society. We all start from the same place; our sinful nature has cut us off from God and we are helpless to do anything about it unless God Himself comes to the rescue. That is what undeserved grace means. God has intervened in the person of Jesus to bring about reconciliation.
Whilst the core message of our Christian faith is unchanged, we do have to think carefully about how we present it in our surrounding culture. The book recommended for reading this week is about the way the Good News is impacting a Muslim culture – and a mission approach in such an environment differs significantly from the way it might be presented here in the UK.
It is important to understand something of the culture which surrounds us. How do our neighbours, or our work colleagues think; and what do they already know about Christian Faith? Maybe they have been put off in the past by Church activity, or what they have read in the Media or seen on TV. Certain Christian ‘personalities’ may have offended them in some way. There is no standard route to introducing people to Jesus in order for them to come to faith in Him, but the Good News of the undeserved Grace of God has to be both proclaimed and lived out in a way that transforms the thinking of the people amongst whom we move.
Do you know your neighbours and friends well enough to do that?