Truth in Love
Sunday, November 27 at 6:30pm
“…he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ… so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12, 14-15
“…even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:14-15
Historically, the church has struggled with the tension of holding firm to the truth of Jesus Christ and the gospel, and at the same time engaging the culture with this timeless message in a loving and respectful way. Some have been about doctrinal purity at the expense of lovingly engaging culture, while others are all about loving the culture at the expense of holding to the truth of the gospel.
The presuppositions of the world on sexuality, family relations, money, power and politics, have quietly become embedded in the church today, supplanting a passion for Christ and his kingdom work.
The crux of the issue for our discussion Sunday night is, how can we encourage a renewal of believing in the saliency of the gospel in the church that flows outwardly in love to the culture around us? I realize that there are no easy answers. The tension around this important issue has for too long only fostered silence, but we can no longer afford to ignore it.
We can at least begin to dialogue prayerfully, respectfully, and openly about it. We will affirm the gospel of Jesus Christ and its importance in our daily lives. Our aim thereafter will be to discuss how we can practically engage our culture with it to the glory of God. The hope is that it will help spark other gospel-centered conversations in homes, schools, and workplaces. By the Spirit’s leading and blessing, we pray it will increase and build up the body of Christ in love.
We are grateful for the wisdom and expertise of Dr. Anna Robbins on contemporary culture and faith. We are also blessed to have a spiritually insightful and passionate group of panelists from within our NMBC family. Sunday night will be a success if we can speak and interact with the panel in such a way that it creates a safe and gracious atmosphere for everyone in attendance to ask questions and engage in this vital conversation.
A heartfelt thank you to all our participants and attendees in anticipation of a great night.
All the blessings of Christ to you!