San Diego Hardware opened its doors in downtown on December 15, 1892. In 2006 it relocated to Kearny Mesa. The ownership has remained in the family, with those now leading having first worked in the store. The inventory has changed. From a nuts-and-bolts, hard-to-find hardware store, it shifted to decorative hardware for all kitchen, doors and bathroom fixtures. With the advent of Amazon—“Talk about a Goliath,” one of the owners declared—the store established a shopper-friendly e-commerce site. They deliver orders within a day or two. U-T, 12/9/17
Which leads to a spiritual point. Whatever other changes occur in shopping habits—whether to brick-and-mortar stores or the lazy way—people still shop. Even our local Ralph’s store now delivers grocery orders. Shades of Illinois in the 1940’s! This man, then a little boy, would take mom’s order to Kerpan’s store. The truck would deliver it that day.
However, since whatever the age or morality, people still sin, they need the Savior’s forgiveness. And however medical science prolongs life or mere existence, we still die and need the resurrection of Jesus to bring us into his eternal kingdom and to one day raise our bodies into a replica of his very own brilliant body.
The point is, how do church leaders need to adapt the church to changing conditions? They don’t. If leaders think they do, they become part of the problem, never part of the solution. If preachers want to continue being relevant, they need only go back to, or continue, studying God’s Word in-depth. Then they need to pray for the Holy Spirit to inspire lessons and sermons. Then they need to study the preparation until it becomes part of their personality. Then they need to preach it in the power the Spirit never fails to provide. AND trust the Spirit to do his work, which he never fails to achieve when God’s word is preached. Which he always does. Which he delights in doing for anyone who refuses to adapt his message to expected societal norms. Who confronts listeners with the forceful, eternal, powerful word of God on any subject. Understand? – Fini –
Books at: www.createspace.com. (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.)
Apologetics book: Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1
Books also at www.amazon.com (Virgil Hurley & Virg Hurley)
The Parables of Jesus at www.createspace.com/7164741
Gift of the GIVER:Gifts for the GIVER, Vol. 2 at www.createspace.com/7551153
Their Own Best Defense, Vol. 2, Part 2 at www.createspace.com/7446349