At our church meeting yesterday we watched a video clip from the organisation Evangelism Explosion about why many Christians don’t share their faith. I’ve been thinking about this over the last 24 hours and have a few thoughts. Here’s the video:
Why is mission – inviting people of all nations into God’s Kingdom – important for the church to be involved in? Maybe we would answer that by pointing to the “Great Commission” in Matthew 28. Maybe we would give a biblical basis for mission, looking at both the Old and New Testaments. Maybe we would see mission as being at the heart of God, and hence of the whole biblical narrative.
Over the past couple of years I have become increasingly convinced of the need to read the Bible on its own terms, in its own context, and to understand what it meant to its original hearers. All too often we are quick to ask “what does this passage mean for me?” or “how can I apply this to my life?” before we’ve really understood what it is saying.