Must Read Monday: Living as Easter PeopleApril 2, 2018
Christians are Easter people so, now what?
Those who are redeemed by God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ upon the cross and raised to new life through His resurrection on Easter, today become the sent people of God. God so loves the world that He sent Jesus and Jesus so loves the world that He sends us! In Jesus’ prayer in John 17 He says to the Father, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” Who exactly does Jesus send? His disciples. But recent research reveals that more than half of people who go to church do not know it!
After reading this research round-up from Barna, read the Great Commission as it appears in all four Gospels and Acts. Then, as Easter people, let’s be not only hearers of the Word, but doers also. Matthew 28: 18-20, Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-49; John 20:21-22; Acts 1:8.
If then America is the mission field into which Christ is sending us and if we genuinely desire to reach post-modern people in the current American culture, we need to understand and know them. How do they think (epistemology)? What do they believe about the nature of the universe (cosmology)? How do they process information (worldview)? What are the ideas and intellectual and social strongholds that have set them up against the Gospel (culture)? With these questions in mind, consider the next three articles research for the mission to which you have been called:
- 33-year-old single mother of a 12-year-old child, has been living in a sexual romantic relationship with her brother and has now been charged with incest. The article says “she knows it is wrong.” In what basis is anything right or wrong? Think for a moment about the environment and parenting and worldview of the 12-year-old raised in that home. How does the Church bring the light of the Gospel and then real restorative redemption to these particular people?
- Being an evangelical Christian in America today requires continual conversation about what the term actually means and how we live it out authentically. It also requires honesty about very real human failures. No, we are not perfect, but Christ is. Read this from the Boston Globe. And this from The Hill.
- There will be hundreds (maybe thousands) of retrospectives, documentaries, opinion pieces and news stories surrounding the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4. If you can, attend MLK50Conference or at least watch it via streaming video. Read all that you can and to get a sense of the issues King sought to address which still plague us today, read this brief Memphis expose.
This is the culture into which Christ sends us today.