Thursday, August 10, 2006

Taking It To The Streets...

I came across this logo today and it has stuck with me. It serves as a powerful reminder that the Church does not exist for its own sake, but for the sake of others. This is a needful corrective in an age when people shop for churches based on what is in it for them.

Christ told us to go into the world...not sit back on our padded pews and expect the world to come to us. Until we rediscover the true heart of servant evangelism we will not see the Kingdom of God grow, we will merely be shuffling unhappy sheep from church to church.

Jesus modeled this ministry for us by literally taking to the streets. He went where the people were. He talked to adulterous women, greedy tax collectors, self-righteous bigots, snot-nosed children, the aged and the infirm. He took off his outer garment and picked up a wash basin and said as you have seen me do, you do also.

We must be willing to get our feet dusty, our hands dirty and our hearts broken in order to reach people with the Good News. While well-worn, the saying still is valid: They don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

It's time for the Church
to leave the building
and get building the Church.

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