Counterculturally Relevant

A new way of thinking about how Christians can influence culture.

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For Christians living in post-modern culture, it can be difficult to know how to live among those with clashing values, attitudes, and beliefs. The church may fight culture through politics or boycotts, or we may take flight by retreating into the Christian subculture. “…Even people who agree on the need for change disagree over what to do to … reach the culture…. We need a new and different strategy,” Tim Keller writes in his CHRISTIANITY TODAY article, “A New Kind of Urban Christian.”

This study asks, if “fight or flight” isn’t the answer, how should Christians engage the culture? What is God’s desire for the church’s interaction with society?

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 58:5–12; Matthew 5:14–16; Acts 2:42–47; Philippians 2:3–11; 1 Thessalonians 4:11–12


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one:Christians should choose to live in places of need and influence.
Teaching point two: Christians should choose to live countercultural rather than culturally relevant lives.
Teaching point three: Christians should choose to live for the good of the whole community.
Teaching point four: Christians should choose to live integrated lives.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Recommended Resources


    • A New Kind of Urban Christian, by Tim Keller (May 2006, 5 printed pages)

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