From the time of Christ, the church has been given the command and privilege of sharing the good news of who Christ is and what he has done with all of creation.
But two of the questions that have echoed through the history of the church are “what exactly is the Gospel?” and “how do we contextualize this message for our culture?”
The New Testament authors wrestled with this, with different directions taken in sharing with Jewish audiences and Gentile audiences. The early church wrestled with how to share their faith in the face of persecution and, subsequently, as a dominant force after Christianity’s embrace by the Roman empire.
Throughout history, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse, our presentation of the Gospel has been shaded by the culture that it finds itself being presented to.
In the last several decades, a new conversation has arisen and many have suggested that we’re in the midst of another cultural shift, from modernity to postmodernity. What exact shifts this entails is still in dialogue, seeing as we’re still in the middle of it. But whether viewed positively or negatively, it is apparent that change is in the air.
With this backdrop, then, the question again arises of what sharing the gospel might look like in culturally relevant ways. As a youth pastor, I find myself on the front lines of the postmodern wave, with the students I work with largely unaware of what the world used to look like.
On this blog we’ll look together at the collision of these three ideas…of the Gospel, of postmodernity, and of youth ministry…to see what communicating God’s love to the world might look like. I hope you’ll enjoy and join in the conversation…there’s much to be explored and much to be learned!