Contextualization is not optional. Hear me, working to contextualize what you’re doing is not just mere pragmatism – “how to get stuff done” and “be more effective” (though those things are important). It is about loving people. A church that does not seek to contextualize itself, its ministries, the gospel message, and every other avenue of communication inevitably creates more barriers than bridges for the advancement of the gospel in our communities.
Jesus made it clear in his Great Commission that we are to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:18-20). But how is this goal best accomplished? I would like to suggest that biblical discipleship takes place through companionship, preparing leaders to serve the church of Jesus Christ. Discipleship can be simply defined as “companionship in preparation for leadership.” […]
God’s love not only transforms us so that we can live as those who repent from sin and walk in the light, but it also changes the way we see ourselves. This fills us with incredible joy, grace, and gratitude. As we understand God’s love more and more, we end up becoming like children, in the way Jesus described. That’s a very good thing.
God was just doing what He always does, taking these weird rappers with no theological training, and He puts His glory on display. We were baffled. Just for us to be participants in that has been super encouraging.
We have a very humble means and a very lofty task, and that keeps us dependent. It also ensures that we are motivated by the content. What’s going to motivate us? We’re not motivated by how many copies we’re going to sell, which could then lead to shaping the communication to what is popular or shaping songs by what is popular. Sales aren’t a factor for us.