By Ron Mouser
“We can’t have a holy church service in front of a government building with all of our unbelieving neighbors standing around watching us,” some church members had responded upon hearing my plans for the outreach.
But that is exactly what we did. It was not a “normal” service. The Global Encounters team played loud, crazy games with the kids, sang songs, did Bible crafts, cut hair and shared the gospel with a drama and a short message. The bulk of the tiny town showed up to witness the spectacle and those “unbelieving neighbors” who might never darken the door of a church building listened to the message with rapt attention.
It is important that we remember the majority of Christ’s ministry was not in the synagogues but in public markets, in homes and on the highways. He even asked many of the disciples to make the decision to follow Him while they were at work.
Today, let us not confine our good works behind the walls of our church buildings or limit our gospel witness to our network of Christian friends. We must not hide the light from a world living in the dark.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NASB).