The need for Biblical wisdom and understanding is critical for living a Christ-exalting life amidst the smorgasbord of ideologies and philosophies that surround us. Of course, this problem isn’t new. Ancient Israel was plagued with ‘cultural trends’ that ate into the heart of God’s people. When the wisdom and intimate knowledge of God prevailed, God blessed His people. But when the right knowledge of Him waned, they went their own way, which ended in disaster. May we be men and women who, like the sons of Issachar, are “men who understood the times with knowledge of what Israel should do” (1Chron. 12:32).

It is in this context that the leadership at New Community Church brings you Culture Watch. This new initiative is intended to help you navigate through the many cultural currents and waves that can easily drag you into perilous waters. In the new year, once a month, your bulletin will feature a short article that provides a Biblical perspective on controversial trends that are increasingly becoming acceptable. So that instead of being swayed by worldly arguments, you can make an assessment using Godly wisdom.

Since there are too many of these cultural issues to be named, we’d like you to point out the ones that need to be scrutinised Biblically. Use your weekly response cards to send in your themes and topics, or speak to any of your elders. Keep your eyes and ears open to the things you read or hear about in the media, or even in conversation with family and friends. If something seems amiss, let us know and we will bring God’s Word to bear on it.

As shepherds of the flock, it is our desire that you grow in the knowledge of God’s Word, applying spiritual discernment to matters of daily living. So that you can live a God-honouring life by making choices that glorify Him.

So remember to keep an eye on the culture, so we can use Culture Watch to serve you!