Aren't fresh expressions really just pandering to a consumer society?

Some people fear that encouraging forms of church that fit the culture of people who attend is pandering to choice and consumer attitudes. But it is very scriptural. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit did not equip all the visitors in Jerusalem to speak the same language: the Spirit enabled the apostles to speak in different languages. This was a massive affirmation of cultural diversity. The church has respected cultural differences ever since.

The key challenge is for Christian communities to follow the example of Jesus, who both immersed himself in the culture of his day and challenged it. This is what holiness is really about.


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