Mission, Part 3

Lately I’ve been writing here about the three vital relationships we believe are essential for a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Besides intimacy with God, and community with insiders, we really believe our purpose in this world is to wield influence with outsiders. We aren’t called to be separate from the world, but to relate to everyone around us with such grace and love that they want to know and worship the same God we do.

It’s a pretty tricky thing when you really believe that you have an amazing and true message to share with someone you love, and you want to respect their right and ability to decide for themselves.

There are a couple of things we need to keep in mind as we seek to influence those around us. First, life change happens best in the context of relationship, and we are relational beings. You are trying to make an introduction, not win an argument. Second, actions speak louder than words. Cliché, but painfully true.

Here are some chapters to read this week as you’re asking the question, “What kind of influence am I having on the world around me?”

Matt. 28, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…and teaching them.”
Matt. 5, “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Col 4, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”

Have a great week! See you Sunday…