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July 08, 2003

The Rhythm Method of Mission

I'm still reading through Acts - I am constantly amazed at the little things I observe there - especially with respect to how the earch church interacts with their wider community in mission seemingly so naturally.

I love how Paul always goes to the synagogues when he enters a town....or to the lecture halls....the places where people already gather for community, learning, worship etc. Once there he interacts with them in a way that is culturally relevant. He naturally becomes a part of their natural rhythm of life and is able to introduce the gospel into the context.

I've been thinking about this alot lately and taking some time out each week to observe the rhythms of our local setting. The synagogues and lecture halls of the inner north of Melbourne are not quite the same as they were in Paul's day - but such places do exist....maybe they are just called different things now....

Book clubs, new age festivals, poetry readings, street festivals, cafes and pubs.... maybe these are some of the natural gathering points that we need to be building genuine relationships in?

Posted by Darren at July 8, 2003 03:50 PM | TrackBack

Great thoughts Darren. I think we all need to become more a part of the natural rhythms of our own community. Unfortunately, that can be hard to do, when we've isolated ourselves for so long...

Posted by: Jonathan at July 8, 2003 11:50 PM

thats crazy - you need to remain distinct from your culture in order to help people to meet Jesus.

Posted by: Greg at July 9, 2003 01:06 PM

All right! Greg's back! Welcome Greg! LOL...

Posted by: Jonathan at July 9, 2003 11:27 PM

Good insights there Darren! Where is the resonating happening? Yeah, that's where I want to be.

Posted by: Rich at July 10, 2003 09:49 AM

I've never left Jonathan.

Jesus never went into his culture and engaged with it, he always remained distinct from it. This is the way we should be also. We should live in such a way that people will approach us to hear the gospel.

Posted by: Greg at July 10, 2003 12:23 PM

From what I've read of Jesus, He was the one inviting Himself into other peoples houses for a meal, then bringing along a bunch of peeps that the hosts didn't care for. What a cool guy!

If Christians are going to engage a culture where its at (like Francis Schaeffer did) then they would need to actually have something to contribute. Unfortunately the art and music that comes out of most of "approved Christianity" is so hollow and meaningless they've had to make their own niche markets to sell it.

When I say Christians need to actually contribute, I mean something other than "There's a god shaped hole in your heart and you need Jesus to fill it." I judged a churchy poetry reading a few months back and the panel of judges unanimously voted for one single poem, the only one that had any hint of struggle in it. The rest were "Jesus make me happy happy happy" garbage that any child would know isn't really real.

Posted by: Russell Mann at July 12, 2003 08:14 AM
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