The more the Servant Evangelism/Outflow message goes forward, the more I need to clarify what is not being said in all of this. Many leaders – with whatever intentions, have taken the original concept I couldn’t have more clearly explained in terms of what wasn’t being conveyed in that book.
It’s not doing something to get people to come to your church…
We serve because the spirit of Jesus dwells in us. Our ‘new normal’ is to serve. We don’t take serving lessons. We don’t manipulate others/anyone – anytime – in order to get them to listen to us – to respond to us.
We serve in utter simplicity because it is normal for us.
And long-term we are changing the spiritual culture of a city-state – country – beyond.
Each time we do even the smallest ‘Jesus thing’ we are in some small way extending the kingdom of God on planet Earth.
In so doing we are leading people into the kingdom.
Will churches focused upon such things grow? Absolutely.
However, if churches that do such things seek to grow by doing such things – (say that three times fast)
… they will sabotage the work of God’s Spirit in expanding the kingdom in their midst.
Originally posted 2008-01-09 15:28:23.