Church Without Borders

12 07 2011

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3-28

I was reminded of this passage while at the National Children’s Ministry Conference this past weekend.  I had the pleasure of coordinating a collection of local youth groups who served the attendees by working snack booths, selling water, sodas, and snacks.

What I noticed was that while the groups were selling drinks and snacks they were also connecting with one another.  Now I have seen this for years, at DYG’s, NYG’s, Mission Trips, and other events.  What was interesting for me this time was that I, more that usual, got to sit back and just watch as youth and adults alike meet one another, learned more about what each other are doing and grew in a desire to be the church without borders.

Later in the day on Saturday, I had a request from a colleague from the CNH district.  He wanted to know he could encourage youth groups from his district to take part in our district’s high school youth gathering.  Of course, I was delighted to let him know that they could.  That this was not happening before was more of an issue for me than extending the welcome to them now.  Again we were the church without borders.

So often in the church we think within preset limits or borders.  Whether that be our on congregations or districts, we fail to connect with the oneness in Christ, that Paul mentions in Galatians.  When we are one in Christ we ought not import borders that inhibit our shared ministry opportunities.  Local churches should regularly pool resources to offer ministry opportunities that might not otherwise be possible.  Rather than thinking about our own church growth we need to think in terms of kingdom growth.  With that expanded vision, borders begin to seem paper thin, and rightly so.

So join together in ministry with others with whom you are one in Christ Jesus and be the church without borders!

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