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Outrageous and Contagious

One of the things I’ve realized in my limited experience as a church planter is that some people view the vision God has given me for New Church to be outrageous, while others see the vision as contagious.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with several people and share with them that “New Church exists to help people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!” Initially, that sounds good to most people, and then it changes for some when they realize the extent to which we are willing to go to reach people far from God.

In an attempt to help them understand what that looks like, I often clarify what I mean by referring to something I heard Craig Groeschel say.  “We will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ.”  To some that’s offensive.

When I first moved to Winston-Salem, I met with several area pastors to introduce myself and share with them the vision God has given me for New Church.  One particular pastor asked me to explain what I mean by “…helping people far from God experience new life in Jesus Christ!”  When I used the Craig Groeschel quote, he chuckled as if I was kidding.  When he realized I was serious, he quit asking questions.  I haven’t heard from him since that day.

But there are others who are extremely drawn to the idea of doing church for those who have not yet come to Jesus.  They understand that Jesus himself described this as his mission.

I’m humbled and grateful that God is forming a team of people like this to help us launch New Church.  These folks have bought into the Scripture-inspired vision and are sharing it with family, friends, work associates, and complete strangers.

I’ve learned that when it comes to vision, what seems outrageous to some will be contagious to others.

T. J.

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