The Apostle Paul said: “I have become all things to all people so by all possible means I might win some” (1 Corinthians 9:22b). What Paul was saying here is: “I figure out some way to make Jesus Christ relevant to every person I meet because I understand that this is the only way I can reach any of them.”
We at McLean Bible Church have come to realize that there are untold numbers of secular people in Washington who do not think that God is bad. They don’t think that the Bible or church is bad. They simply think all of this is irrelevant – that it has no bearing on their everyday lives.
Most people who aren’t followers of Jesus are not truly rejecting Jesus. A person would have to be foolish to reject what Jesus is offering them, if they really understood it. What most of these people are rejecting is the modern church’s lame and irrelevant portrayal of Jesus.
Our vision and challenge as a church is to bridge this gap – to help secular people appreciate and understand just how relevant Jesus Christ and the Bible really are! That’s why, at McLean Bible Church, we often talk about current events and use film clips and contemporary music. That’s why we don’t use jargon or “Christianese”, but we use language that people are used to hearing in the everyday marketplace. That’s why we’re always answering the questions “SO WHAT?” and “HOW?” We want people to understand that, as followers of Jesus, we’re living in the same world they are and that Christianity and the Bible work in the world of the 21st century.