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Friday, February 01, 2008

go and tell

I just read an excellent post by Tullian Tchividjian entitled "Go and Tell." In it, Tullian puts his finger on a biblical dynamic that we've been talking about for some time now at Good Shepherd (and which is the point of this blog). In the Old Testament, God's people (Israel) were blessed to be a blessing. God was to be their God, but also promised to reveal Himself to the world through them. But, they were also charged with being a holy (and thus, separate) people. In order for the world to come to God and come to know God, they had to "Come and See" through Israel.

This is how most of us (in America) have "done church" for a long time now. We've built great ministries and programs and talked about inviting people to come and see and hopefully meet Jesus Christ in our churches. Increasingly, church has been geared toward this model, even with the extra sensitivies given to the "seeker model" and understanding exactly who we would hope to attract.

In it's best form, this is what I mean by being a LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH.

But, in the New Testament, the model changed radically! Jesus said, "Come and see," to gather disciples and followers to himself, but his model for ministry and the charge he and the Holy Spirit gave the New Testament Church was to "Go and Tell!" No longer was the world supposed to come to and through God's people. Now, God's people were supposed to get up and get out to the world. Holiness still meant "distinct and set apart" but now the saints were to be in the world and not of the world.

We are still learning how to do this, but this is what it means to be a SEARCHLIGHT CHURCH. Jesus' mission and God's heart is to seek and save the lost, and that means carrying the light of Christ into the darkness. Jesus not only said, "I am the light of the world"; he also said, "You are the light of the world." Let's continue inviting folks to church and Christ, but let's sink our hearts and hands into getting up and getting out... let's Go and Tell.


Go explore Tullian's blog... he writes some really insightful things and I am often blessed by his posts.

For you Good Shepherd folks, Tullian is Melvin's great nephew, and is a Presbyterian minister in Florida.

1 comment:

Benjamin P. Glaser said...

As an FYI the "Longer Post" is finally up. I kept it a little briefer than first planned to allow for some more discussion.

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