Jesus says “Go” & we need to scatter like exiles

1 Peter 1;1 refers to God’s “scattered” people and calls them “exiles:”

The traditional way of doing church has been very good at gathering, but very poor at scattering. We gather with people who look like us instead of scattering as exiles among people who look different than we do.

In fact, to get His people to scatter, God has often had to allow persecution. Once when I was pondering traditional church, these words came to my mind: “The church is the only educational institution in the world that never graduates anybody.” We gather, but we often resist scattering and keep people coming back to the same group of people and listening to talks about Christianity 101 all their lives. By doing so, we ignore Jesus’ command to, “Go into all the world . . .” Jesus says “Go” and we need to scatter like exiles among people who are different than we are.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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1 Response to Jesus says “Go” & we need to scatter like exiles

  1. Loretta says:

    Inspiring, thanks!

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