"Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive."
One of the big questions today is "How do I make scripture relevant to my listeners?" and the answer doesn't lie in fancy presentations, funny skits, or flashy videos. It lies in living holy and blameless lives, in being hospitable, a lover of what is good, self-controlled, upright,and disciplined. Even when people hate us (and they will hate us), their testimony will be discredited because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Sadly, our enemies have plenty of bad things to say about us and most of them have good reason to say them. It takes only one action to completely destroy any and all credibility you once held. Trust can be re-earned, but it will never be where it was before.
Our only hope, then, is to pick up the slack of those who have dropped the rope. We know God is anchoring the back and He isn't going anywhere, but with God's empowerment we must redouble our efforts to love and prove ourselves trustworthy. "If we only do what we have always done we will only get what we already have."
If you want the Gospel to be relevant to others, live like the Gospel is relevant to you.