A Partner's View of The Paradox – Part 1
by Matt Walker – member of The Paradox
Being a part of the Paradox Church has been a huge blessing in my life, and one of the things that I have enjoyed most is the fact that it is theologically sound while maintaining a missional mindset. In many churches you find one or the other, but here I’ve been witness to both. Though many of you might understand what it is to be theologically sound, it may not be the case when understanding what it is to be missional.
The crux of being missional (or mission-minded) lies in the Great Commission, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all Creation” (Mark 16:15). But what does that mean? What does it mean to preach the gospel if you are not a “preacher?” In the original language, the word for preach means to herald. To herald something is proclaim it, to announce it. This occurs when a person been so immersed in the subject and so excited about it that they cannot help but tell others about it and live it out. It is to be a whole-hearted advocate of something.
The heralding of the gospel is not limited to those who stand behind the pulpit or are paid staff in a church. It is a command by Jesus to all believers. A recent study done by Christian Military Fellowship revealed that 78% of people who have converted to Christianity did so through a relationship with a friend or relative. Translation: you have the greatest influence on your friends, relatives, co-workers, etc. when it comes to them understanding and accepting faith in Jesus…Tags: Missional Living