Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The common denominator

Most agree that there is a great need in the modern American church to unite the generations. But how does the church of 2009 draw in the "20 Something" young adults while maintaining the engagement of its older members? Do we need to look for a new church program or a new worship style? Is the common denominator yet to be discovered? 

I suggest that the common denominator which will unite the generations is Jesus Christ - period. A church that lifts up the name of Jesus will draw men. A church that turns its face and total focus to Him will be relevant to all generations. The person, power, and presence of Christ will unite all who desire to know Him. It doesn't have to be complicated, it just has to be Christ-focused. You've heard it said, "keep the main thing, the main thing." One way to keep it Christ-focused is to keep it Bible-focused. 
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1
To focus on Christ is to focus on the Word of God. Another way to stay Christ-focused is to forsake all others, including fancy church programs, and make sure Christ and the lifting up of His name are the program. The trust must be in Him alone. Do what Christ did and also share with others His love and His power. Let's not let ourselves get distracted, let's keep it simple, let's remember the one thing, let's keep it Christ-focused: the common denominator. 

2 comments:

Peter Kirk said...

As someone involved in men's ministry in my church, I am pleased to read that "A church that lifts up the name of Jesus will draw men." But are you suggesting that it won't also draw women?

Eric Jones said...

Peter,
Women need more than Jesus for them to be drawn...
Just kidding. My wife will give me a good punch after that attempt at a joke.

I used the word "men" as a generic for both men and women. Sorry for the political incorrectness.