Outsiders & Exiles

 

BIBLICAL IMAGES OF MINISTRY
 
Outsiders and Exiles
 
 
A Microclimate
 
  • Jeremiah 29:5-7 & 11
 
Influencing the weather of a community by contributing elements of health and hope to
the atmosphere.
 
 
The Church on the Edge
 
  • Ephesians 2:11-19
  • Philippians 3:20
 
Placed on the edge between east, mid-town, and south Tulsa; high and low income populations, a vast array of ethnic/immigrant/cultural groups; modern and post-modern ages; Christian faith and a post-Christian world, Good Shepherd must become highly skilled border-crossers.
 
 
Ministry from the Margins
 
  • 1 Peter 2:9-10
 
Does the Christian message come from inside or outside the culture?
 
  • Hebrews 13:12-14
 
As we come to accept that we are the outsiders, we learn to approach from the edges rather than the center. Influence replaces control; servanthood replaces ownership.
 
  • Romans 1:16
  • 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, 2:1-5
 
Confession (proclamation) replaces persuasion (“proof”) or coercion (legislation).
 
  • Luke 4:32
 
Authoritative speaking replaces appeals to authority (“The Bible says this,” or “The sixth commandment is that”).