Like Peter, I’m writing to Christians here.  I hope that’s obvious.

2 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Peter called Christians a “royal priesthood.”  We al lknow what that word royal means.  The word priesthood is referring to the fact that A)We’re to hold ourselves to a higher standard (not conform but to be transformed) B) That we are clean from immorality C) That we are commissioned to bring the good news about Christ to the nations and D) the word ‘hood’ means connected.  That means, that we are suppossed to stay connected with those in our faith. Did you hear that?  We’re suppossed to make a conscious effort to connect ourselves with other Christians and work together.  That means, the competition between churches has to stop.  We have to become one cooperate body rather than a bunch of little bodies.  We have to start on a local level (our metro area) and eventually, I’d love to see a great web of ministers connected nationally working towards the same goal (reaching {really reaching} the lost).

Now all that said, yes we have to work together as a body, but should we also try and connect with secular organizations as well? 

Absolutely!

We are all called to bring the Word of Christ to the nations.  And when is our testimony of what Christ can do the most effective?  When we don’t use words!  Yep, I jsut said that! Our testimony of Christ is at its greatest potential when we really reach out and try to change lives with our actions that represent the Gospel we believe in!

The youth ministry at Journey Church, where I am youth pastor, has teamed up with the Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition to feed the homeless.  What was in it for us?  Nothing.  What did we gain? Nothing.  Did we ask for donations?  Absolutely not!  Did we ask for them to come to church? Of course, but did any of them?  No. 

We also went into the ‘Projects’ of this town and passed out candy on the Saturday before Easter.  It was great to see these kids’ faces light up just to have someone to talk to and some free candy.  We ended up on the Sunday after Easter by showing a movie on a Sunday night at the church and gave them free popcorn and cokes.  Did they create a mess? Absolutely!  Were the kids attentive or appreciative?  Absolutely not.  But that’s not why we do it.  We do it because we were called to.

Jeremiah 29:7 “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

I’m a firm supporter of the “This is not my home” philosophy.  I’m just here until Christ sees fit to take me home.  Therefore Jeremiah 29:7 speaks to me.  We’re called to pray for the peace and well-being of our world and not only pray for it, but work for it.  Because, if the people succeed, we succeed.

Sometimes this makes it necessary to connect with secular organizations, like schools, your area Homeless Coalitions and non-profit organizations to reach those that wouldn’t be reached any other way. 

What are your excuses not to connect with secular organizations? 

Romans 15:15-17

“I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.

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