1 Cor 9:19-23
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law(not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. NKJV
This message was preached August 31, 2003 at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at ToulonBaptist.com
One of the first things I see in this passage is that Paul understood that everyone is different. They all have different backgrounds and outlooks. And therefore each one must be approached in a unique way.
Paul did not have a one message fits all type message. Paul was more concerned about those he was trying to reach than himself.
If we are ever going to reach our generation as Paul did then we are going to have to do the same things. We are going to have to make an effort to understand unchurched people. We are going to have to go out of our way to reach them with the message.
If we simply say well if they want to come to church then they will have to do it our way, then it will never happen. Only 15% of unchurched people don't have a reason for not going to church. Everyone else has a specific reason why they quit and why they do not plan to go back.