I began reading this amazing book from Steve Saint the other day and wanted to share this section with you. This really explains our views of the church and its role globally.
“Christ has commissioned us, His Church, to distribute His offer of a free remedy against the fatal sin disease that has infected everyone everywhere. The Christian church has been working at this for twenty centuries. We have done better in some of them than others. In the twentieth centry we made a crucial mistake that debilitated what was otherwise a great effort. We left most of the combatants out of the conflict. The great omission hurt us.
What is the solution? What can we do to strategically include the majority of troops we have left out of this great spiritual struggle? First, there should no longer be any question that the average Christian, here or there, who supports ministry, teaches Sunday School, raises a godly family, or uses his or her spiritual gift in offering services, exhorting, leading, or showing mercy(Romans 12:6-8) is critical to the spread of Christ’s Gospel. We cannot hope to fulfill the Great Commission unless we recognize our great omission. Not all believers can or should be missionaries, but every believer, regardless of his or her educational and financial ability – or natural and spiritual gifting, has a place in missions. ” The Great Omission