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The Popularity Problem

‘His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known’ – Ephesians 3:10

Relevance in the New Testament Church

At some point, the modern church seems to have made likeability and popularity one of its main aims. Today, offence and controversy are avoided, and the message is brought across that the people of God are real, relevant and no different from everyone else – that any visitor will feel right at home. But do we see a pattern of popularity in the life of Jesus, His disciples and the early church? And should this be our goal?

Adam and Shaun discuss these questions and the impact of seeking popularity on the modern church.


This clip forms part of the #BeEquipped series – conversations around contemporary issues facing the church. You can find other videos from our series here.

Adam serves as an elder in Joshua Generation Church, South Africa. He is married to Vanessa, and they have two sons. Adam’s particular passions are worship and apologetics. Follow him on Facebook or Instagram for more.

Shaun played punk rock for a living, worked for a chicken company, and then wrote copy for adverts. Now he’s a full-time pastor leading a congregation in Oxygen Life Church in Gqeberha. He is married to Sammy Jane and they have two children. Follow him on Facebook for more.

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