We are in a time where the church wants to be one and not different from the world differing on all that God has called us to be.
Although the world is naturally in the present, and it will be very unwise not to be aware of the time in which we find ourselves, but as believers we have not been called called to be or Live in uncertainty as the world does but to live in the Hope of the promise which the Lord has given us through His son Jesus Christ.
DEFINITION OF CONTEMPORARY
Living or occuring at the same time or belonging in the present, following modern ideas in style or design.
Being contemporary are of two designs for a believer, although the other is greatly frowned upon and hated by the world.
“If the world hated you, you know that it first hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would have loved its own, yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hated you.”
– John 15:18-19
Jesus Christ who was and is still our model was rejected by the world and he never sort to be accepted by it, but was dedicated to providing a way to salvation for the word that as many who’d look upon him would be saved.
He never in a bid to save man look for it to accept him, all He simply did was to make a provision for salvation and whosever accepts and believes Him would receive the gift He had provided freely. And He know we might be stuck trying to find acceptance in the world warned against us looking for acceptance from the world in order to fulfill what He’s called us into.
The lord spoke about two kingdom operating in two different times and Jesus emphasized how you can’t be in one of the time loop and still be at-pa with the other. But as sad as it is, we want to be loved by the world and also be loved by God, which Christ said can’t be possible.
” No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate one and love the other, or He will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and Serve mammon( deceitful riches, money, possessions or whatever is trusted in).”
– Matthew 6:24
We could then through Jesus statement in John 15:18-29 see that there are two types of contemporary church which aligns itself with the two time loop there is and exists in the universe, the first is being contemporary with God’s own time, being subject to His will and plan as children if the kingdom who has been called out of the world, whatever we engage in is in relation with God’s agenda. And secondly Is being contemporary with the world, and this is doing thing in relation with the ideology and changes of the world and this is more world centered and isn’t about what God wants to do for man but what man wants from God in relation too their present need.
We are going to see the characteristics of both contemporary times to see which God want His church to look like;
One thing that has been a priority to God and which was the last command Christ gave before He ascended into heaven and which was what He expects His church to go about passionately. So a church that loves Him goes about fulfilling the great commission, and in so doing they align themselves with the time and plan of God and such church He blesses fully, and that doesn’t just grow in number but also in all spheres( spiritually, emotionally, psychologically) and their growth spiritually is directly proportional to their numerical numbers and they bear fruit because to such church He pours out His spirit.