Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hark the Herald

The first Christmas contata did not take place in a Civic center or a church building, but in the shepherds' fields. Even before Christ was born the missionary ideal of "going out" was being applied.
For some reason, we still don't seem to get this. We still expect that if we can get people to come to us, we'll get people saved.
I'm not saying that God can't use this method, but it's not the New Testament model. Our Savior, His disciples, and even these angels were messengers who brought the story of Christ out.
We need contatas (and I use that term very loosely) in the fields and in the projects, by the sea of Galilee and by the Gulf of Mexico, on the temple mount and in the mall.
I don't know how to do this best, but I think we need to talk with God and with one another about this as-we-are-out-there model. We have mission fields-even in Bay County-and these fields need the messengers to come to them.

Psalm 96:2-3
2Sing unto the Lord, bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day.
3Declare His glory among the heathen, his wonders among all the people.

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