Saturday, 12 July 2008
'Parachurch' that loves the local church
While I was away on a Greek island on a UCCF summer team, I pondered our relation to the local church. We were seeking to witness to students, both from Greece (mainly Athens) and all over the world. There are 2 local evangelical English-speaking churches on Paros, but none of the students live on the island. We spoke to them of church where they came from for following up their interest, as well as recommending reading the Bible. Mostly, we spoke of Jesus. As a team, Jonathan Clark led us one morning in considering world mission through Ephesians 3.10: God's plan that through the church His manifold wisdom might be made universally known. I pondered that this could be neglected, with a tip-of-the-hat to the effect that 'we're all part of the universal church', or it could be overstretched as the single interpretative lens, so anything not exclusively the ministry / mission of one local church becomes suspect. And I return home to find that, as usual, Bish is thinking and expressing these things much better than me :) See his post, 'Parachurch' that loves the local church - and love your church!