II 2

Infectious Inheritance

Much has been written about ‘missional church’—but a large gap exists between developing a church’s missional orientation and equipping Christians to express that mission on a daily basis in an Australian context.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Antoine de Saint Exupery

Infectious Inheritance is a new resource for individuals wishing to take mission seriously. Without question, some people are gifted evangelists, sharing faith with effectiveness and ease. Sometimes these individuals write books on mission, projecting their expertise onto our inadequacies, leaving the majority of Christians wrestling with guilt.

In contrast, Infectious Inheritance has been created by and for the ‘evangelistically-challenged.’ It assists ordinary believers to find a missionary rhythm and pace to their lives. All Christians carry within them, as part of their spiritual DNA, a desire to introduce others to Jesus. The starting point must be, not the challenges, but our inner compulsion to make Jesus known. Despite many of us suppressing this desire, we need to develop a culture conducive to liberating and giving authentic expression to our ‘inner missionary’.

“Too many Christians today are keepers of the aquarium rather than fishers of men.” In a culture of declining influence, the church must realize there are no long queues of people waiting expectantly to hear our gospel presentations. Rather, like Jesus, we need to leave our place of security and enter the messy and challenging world of secular life, ‘infecting’ it with hope and love.

 

 

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