Since I began my internship at Crosspoint Church I have learned a lot about loving those outside of the church. Wayne has taught Amber and I so much about the church existing for those outside of its walls. For instance, a couple weeks ago when time changed our college small group went out into the community to hand out free coffee packets. We told them it was for some extra caffeine in the morning! We also gave them a card that read “We hope this small act of kindness brings some light into your day. Its our way of saying God loves you, no strings attached. Let us know if we can be of more assistance.” People really enjoyed it! Many of them laughed and were surprised.
Over Christmas I received Transforming Mission by David Bosch. The book is enormous so I skipped to the good parts that I wanted to read! One section is about churches becoming more missional, in their actions and theology (missional is certainly a buzz word today, but this book was written in the early 90s by a guy from South Africa, so that makes it even more interesting!). Bosch notes the there is an emerging shift in the way the church approaches mission. Instead of missions being something that the church sends people to do, it is becoming what the church is. He claims that today the “church is not the sender but the one sent.” We are being sent not to comfort ourselves and better ourselves, but be a light in our own communities. One that is the source of love, justice, and forgiveness. A humble entity where community is authentic and always accepting. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from prison, “The church is the church only when it exists for others.” That means we must find creative, loving ways to be a light in our community. Many times we have the attitude that people should come to us instead of us going to/finding them. The church should not be so arrogant but rather imitate Jesus, who when a sheep went missing went out to find it at all costs.