We as Christians are called to live behind enemy lines. We live in enemy occupied territory, but not enemy owned territory. We as the church must not become so inwardly focused that we forget our mission to walk alongside God in the expansion of his kingdom.
The mission trip to the DR was incredible. Rather than writing a recap, which I will do later, I am going to write the 5 major insights I learned on the mission trip as the team leader.
Christianity built massive and gorgeous cathedrals, towering over their culture showcasing their beauty and Christian symbols. Many of these cathedrals were so big, however, that they their roofs simply could not support themselves. Because of this, these cathedrals relied on big exterior extensions, known as flying buttresses, to support their roofs. This made me wonder how many of us our more like these cathedrals than Solomon's temple. Depending on other things to hold us up, such as pastors, family, friends, activities, or ministries.
Did you know that originally, Church of Christ ministers were referred to as Evangelists? Evangelists, from the Greek word euangelion (εὐαγγέλιον if you want to get really Greek-nerdy) which stems from the Greek word meaning "good" (εὔ) and the verb meaning "I bring [a message]" (ἀγγέλλω).