Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Fleshing out my Thoughts

I have been trying to figure out how a church could really help meet needs and reach people.  Here is one thought that has come to my mind and I would love to hear some thoughts about it.  What if a church were to find a person/family that was in need of some things like food, house work, clothing, etc. and the church spent the next few months or even years to try to meet those needs.  During this time the people of the church would be in constant contact with this person/family and continually sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.  In other words, the church actually invested their time, resources, and lives into a particular person/family over the long haul with the hopes of reaching them for Jesus Christ.  I am sure there is more to think about through this, but this has been a thought of mine this morning.  Wouldn't it be great if the church became that sort of light in the community?


Anonymous said...

Randy, good thoughts. I believe it is obviously good to reach as many as possible. But not at the expense of only halfway reaching them. Does that make sense? I mean I think we (the local church) often times focus on reaching the masses, but never really build any sort of relationship. It can be easy to miss the individual lives when we are trying to do something "big". I may be rambling here and this may be off topic. My short answer is that I think it is a great idea to focus on individual lives (or families), build relationships share not only the gospel with them but our lives as well. 1 Thess. 2:8
I believe that is most effective way to really reach the masses.

Randy said...

That is my point as well Jason. We need to get back to sharing our lives with people. First Thess. 2:8 is one of my favorite verses. It points to the importance of sharing your life as well as the gospel with people. The church needs to learn to care about people again.