Biblical Truths Culturally Applied
by Bob Collins
“What is the greatest need of the church today?” This was the question presented to Lindale’s own, Dallas Holm, at a local church meeting. Dallas is one of the pioneers of contemporary Christian music. He has ministered all over the USA in all different kinds of churches for almost four decades. He knows the American church. This was his answer: “The greatest need in the American church today is to be rooted and grounded in God’s Word.” I believe his testimony to be true!
Never before has it been so critical for the people of God to be rooted and grounded in the Scriptures. Yet the average Christian in the USA has, at best, a shallow knowledge of the truth in God’s Word.
I want to share with you two pressing needs I believe are critical for us today. One without the other will not work. We must have both.
The first is to have a strong spiritual foundation in the word of God. We must know the truth!
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The word of God must be our spiritual DNA. Physical DNA is the foundational building blocks that tell our bodies what to do. They are physical instructions for the operation of the cells in our bodies. Likewise, spiritual DNA is the foundational instruction that guides us in every one of life’s decisions.
Why is it critical to be rooted and grounded in God’s Word?
- So we can understand the will of God for our lives in order that we can obey the Lord.
- To protect us from false doctrines and false teachers.
- To protect us against doctrinal divisiveness. In essentials: unity, in non-essentials: liberty.
- To give us a Biblical worldview: the lens we look through to interpret life.
The second is to learn how to apply this foundational truth to the culture we live in.
2 Tim 2:15
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Just knowledge alone of the Word of God without application belongs to the seminary professors. Our crucial responsibility will be to first know God’s Word and then apply that truth to our lives in the midst of increasing hostility and persecution.
How do we handle rampant divorce when God says He hates divorce?
How do we respond to the issues of gender identity?
How do we respond to same-sex marriage?
How do we respond to pornography and immorality invading our culture?
How do we respond to the attacks of atheists and humanists?
How do we respond to the chaotic political confusion and divisiveness in our country?
How do we respond to the rise of worldwide hostility to Christians?
How will we respond to increasing persecution coming our way?
How will we respond to fear?
The answers to these questions lie in the Truth of God’s Word. We must know the answers.
Brothers and sisters, let us purpose in our hearts to know God’s word by intentionally applying ourselves to studying the Scriptures. This will prepare us for the future and bless us, our families, and the generations to come.