The Church: Ordinary people sent out to announce and demonstrate the reign of God

As followers of Jesus we need to realize that Sunday is only the day to prepare us for discipleship the six other days. We need to live generous, hospitable, Spirit-led, Christ-like lives as missionaries to our own neighborhoods.

Some of us grew up in churches that expected less. For a start, we were often told we are all evangelists, and we were expected to memorize prefabricated gospel presentations and share with anyone who might listen.

Because we found it impossible, we ignored the Great Commission and did little to nothing to spread God’s word. Why do it when we are bound for heaven anyway? So the church growth movement convinced us that all we had to do was befriend our neighbors and colleagues and invite them to church to hear the preaching of the word.

I think both approaches are unfair to us. The former places too high a set of expectations on us but the latter reduces us to church marketers who primary role is to advertise the church’s benefits. Surely there is a way we can see the church as an army of ordinary people sent out to announce and demonstrate the reign of God though Christ.

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