‘This blog series is based on one idea from the sermon each week. This week’s blog is written by Anne Rennie. It’s based on the sermon ‘Gospel Freedom’ which you can listen to here: https://soundcloud.com/livinghopeinverness/godly-freedom’
Over 95% of people in Inverness don’t go to any church of any kind.
So how do we let people know the good news of Jesus Christ if they’re not interested in coming to church to hear it?
We go to them.
Paul explains through Timothy in Acts 16 that we have been given a ‘gospel freedom’ or an opportunity to meet people where they are, in order to bring the good news to them. As Christians we’re free from following one specific cultural code, we’ve been given the freedom to adapt to the culture we’re in.
Therefore we have the ability to participate in the culture God’s put us in. We’re free to get along side people, to get to know them, to eat where they eat, to watch TV programmes with them, to go on work nights out with them, to walk our dogs with them, to drink coffee with them, to climb a hill with them and be to them what they need us to be.
But we aren’t to use our freedom as an excuse to sin. We’re to use it to make Jesus famous.
Christ Jesus came to us. He met us where we were. He denied Himself in order to make us His family. He gave up His rights in order to give us an inheritance. He gave up His life in order that we can have true life.
There is no way we would have ever met Him if He left it up to us.
What a beautiful example to motivate our hearts to go to those around us.