Get involved (not just at church)

A wonderful point from an article via the Resurgence blog this morning on 7 ways to be a missionary in college.  “Stop saying yes to every church obligation and begin seeking how the gospel can apply to all areas of life.”  I realize most of us are not in college but this point is relevant for everyone.  As opposed to spending all our time serving with other Christians in closed circles, how are we involved in gospel ministry outside of our church boundaries?

4. Get involved (not just at church)

Join a club related to your major, hobby, or interest. Stop saying yes to every church obligation and begin seeking how the gospel can apply to all areas of life. Build relationships by playing intramural sports on a team without all your Christian friends.

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6 Responses to Get involved (not just at church)

  1. Daniel Ray says:

    Good challenge. Lord make us truly misssional by equipping us in the local church to seek the welfare of our local community.

  2. Jamie S says:

    Daniel,
    I am not real sure what you mean by “seek the walfare” but the purpose of the local assembly was never “to seek the welfare of our local community”. Rather it was/is to go out and make disciples by preaching Christ, His death and resurrection.

  3. Daniel Ray says:

    James, sorry if I caused some confusion brother. It would be exhausting for me to explain and exhausting for others to read everything I believe on a certain topic when I am responding to an edifying blog post. Yet, a reading of Jeremiah 29 will help you see where I am coming from. And I agree with you about your statement about the purpose of the church, “to go out and make disciples by preaching Christ, His death and resurrection” (although, we could both add more, whole books are written on the subject). However, be careful in putting “make disciples” against “seeking the welfare of the the local community.” The Scriptures do not see these distinctions as an either/or, but as a both/and category; thus, both make disciples and seek the welfare of the local community. For to seek the welfare of a local community without raising disciples and preaching Christ’s work on our behalf would most definitely fall short of “seeking welfare,” but to simply aim at spiritual needs without meeting physical needs would be as well. Ministries of mercy can be a helpful apologetic to a pagan world, it helps others to see unmerited favor and undeserved renewal, which brings the gospel word to life. A careful study of the early Christian Church will prove most helpful in unpacking these statements. I hope this helps James and thank you for your zealous interest in the church.

  4. Jamie S says:

    Daniel,
    Not sure who James is but presume you mean Jamie. And may I exhort that brevity at the expense of clarity is not a virtue.

    Anyway, Jer 29 is indeed an excellent chapter but God is (in the context you reference) commanding the exiles to seek peace (shalowm) with the inhabitants of their cities of exile. Steve on the other hand challenges “…begin seeking how the gospel can apply to all areas of life” clearly a call to live the gospel in everyday life and to not huddle in small Christian groups while the world goes to hell. Without qualification “seek[ing] the welfare of our local community” means nothing and everything from the Hyper-Calvinist who will do nothing for “God has ordained all that will happen” to the rank pagan Roman Catholic who will rest in idolatrous “good” works.

    However, upon closer inspection the Scriptures certainly do make the distinction between spiritual vs physical needs as applied to the lost, for Christ told His disciples to leave the city if they did not accept their/His message. He did not instruct them to leave bread on the way out or organize a soup kitchen. Paul on numerous occasions abandoned those who rejected and even worked against him and the Gospel. And while we as Christians are known by how we treat our enemies, your original post is so vague as to really mean anything; yet the unlearned would most certainly miss your point without some clarification. However no one was ever saved through the “apologetic[s] of ministries of mercy” only through the preaching of the Gospel. Romans might prove helpful here as it is the Holy Spirit which brings the message to life even if the hearer has an empty stomach.

  5. Daniel Ray says:

    Jamie, your tone is harsh brother and you sound bitter. Maybe you suspect me as an emergent liberal, social gospel type and not hammering down on doctrine heavily enough. I apologize my prayer, “Lord make us truly misssional by equipping us in the local church to seek the welfare of our local community” was not clear enough to be a theological treatise, but it was a prayer brother. Why do I keep calling you brother? Because, we are brothers in the faith, not enemies. So there is no need to throw blog grenades at each other over a prayer. I do hope you have a great day and feel free to email me at gospel.manhood@gmail.com if you are interested in grabbing a beverage together and talking through these matters in more detail. Grace and Peace.

  6. Jamie S says:

    Harsh and bitter ouch really ouch.

    I don’t know you so I can only respond to what you post; whether you are an “emergent-social gospel preaching liberal” I haven’t a clue. I suspect not though. I also recognize you were offering a prayer but should not prayers be accurate too …sure? And while God knew what you meant the rest of us (at least me) did not.

    As for harsh and bitter not sure how being direct and to the point in refuting your position could be labeled as such. But I advise that if you want to enter the blogosphere and you think I am harsh and bitter you may want to reconsider your decision. Or go over to the Puritan boards… those guys will take your milk money and make you cry.

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