Reaching The Nations Among Us: Cross-Cultural Ministry in America

28 Sep

Here is an excerpt from an article now available at the resource page:

All of this brings us to the church – the true Israel made up of both Jews and Gentiles who trust in Jesus Christ – and its place in God’s great unfolding drama.  The church is called to continue the missionary calling God gave Israel in the Old Testament.  Those in the Body of Christ are referred to as “a holy priesthood” and “living sacrifices.”  We have received the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, to make believers of all nations.  Jesus tells His disciples to proclaim His death and resurrection, as well as repentance and the forgiveness of sins to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem (Luke 24:46-47).  And in Acts, Jesus reiterates this point in His final words to the believers, saying, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  So it is clear that we are to be witnesses of Christ, living in a manner worthy of our calling and proclaiming the cross and the empty tomb to the people of the world.

Trevin Wax said it well when he wrote, “Celebrate the gospel, and cross-cultural ministry will bubble up in surprising ways. Celebrate your church’s preferential distinctions, and your congregation will become an insular group of like-minded individuals[1].”  We need to let the joy, freedom and satisfaction that we find in Christ fuel us towards cross-cultural ministry.

 

Check out this article in its entirety at the resource page or simply click here to download a pdf version.  


[1] Trevin Wax, What You Celebrate as a Church Is Just as Important as What You Believe. Retrieved from http://trevinwax.com/2010/12/07/what-you-celebrate-as-a-church-is-just-as-important-as-what-you-believe/.

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