No Church in the Wild
Feb25

No Church in the Wild

“Human beings in a mob What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a god? What’s a god to a non-believer? Who don’t believe in anything? We make it out alive All right, all right No church in the wild” Lyrics from the song “No Church in the Wild” by Jay-Z and Kayne West No strangers to the pseudo-spiritual genre of rap, hip-hops top tag-team has come out with another new hit that mirrors language of both the streets and the church. While many find the message of the song offensive to people of faith, the lyrics are undeniably provocative, intentionally controversial, and unfortunately, a pretty accurate assumption of the church in larger mainstream Christianity. But does it have to be this way? In Jesus’ prayer for his disciples, as recorded in the book of John, chapter 17, Jesus asks the Father in Heaven, not to “take them out of the world” (see verse 15), but rather emphasizes that the disciples are not of the world, have been set apart in truth, and indeed sent back into the world with the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel message of Jesus Christ (see 17:15-18, and chapter 20:21-23). This concept of neither rejecting, nor receiving, but instead redeeming the cultures of the world, or as Jay-Z and Kayne state, the “wild”, is at the heart of the mission of the church…to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). So how does the church do that? Where many would rightfully refuse to compromise beliefs, the pendulum is often pushed too far, and the spirit of condemnation takes focus, rather than the Spirit of Christ. Recently the training ministry One Life did a workshop on the topic of young adults, discipleship, mission and living a committed faith in a chaotic world. The event was hosted by Gerald Coleman, the young adult pastor at Fellowship Missionary Church and leader of Emerge. The event was far more than informative; it truly was transformational for those involved.  We discussed practical applications for being in the world, but not of it and showing love to a city and culture that needs the complete message of Jesus, full of both grace and truth. Thankfully Jesus is building his church, heaven is invading earth, and the Kingdom of God is taking authority in the city of Fort Wayne. Churches, campus ministries, and new young adult groups are popping up in response to the work the Holy Spirit is doing. Gerald’s group Emerge at Fellowship Missionary Church is one such ministry. The Gate, a new young adult ministry gathering at Pathway Community Church is another. This Sunday, March 1st...

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