Why the Word is Vital to Outreach I
Stephen and I were on outreach last semester, and I made the shy boy approach all sorts of different people for me (poor kid! muahaha). To this day, I still remember meeting a houseless lady who showed us her Bible.
It was obvious that she read it often. Well-worn, flagged with sticky notes, and with many scribbles in the extra-large margins, the Bible’s home were her hands.
How many of us can say the same? Too often we fall into the “pragmatic paradigm”. We want to do practical things, like filling bellies with food and houses with people. It’s why we want to pursue higher education like graduate school. We want to do more and be more useful.
We have to remember that our political swords can be wielded to gain power, funds, and legislation for good and important causes, but the sword of the Spirit--the word of God--is wielded to cut the hearts of men.
Of course, one will be more useful as a doctor, lawyer, or engineer to some degree, but I promise you, there will be so many situations where you are left speechless and completely baffled. It’s precisely in these moments when the Word of God must be spoken. You will not always have the skills, resources, or training to meet practical needs, but the Word will always be in our hearts to exhort, teach, comfort, rebuke, and encourage. —————————————————————-
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