The other day, I was at a community event and saw a number of people. Some of them, I know quite well. Others are acquaintances from the community. We smiled, shook hands, and acknowledged one another. It was a warm, collegial feeling to see people from the community that surrounds Kilmarnock Baptist Church. We are part of them, and they are part of us.
That evening, I began to think about what it means to be the body of Christ. I reflected on how Jesus connected to his community in daily life. He was not continuously preaching or talking about God; he listened, watched, and cared for the people around him.
In the church that I have the privilege to serve as pastor, I plan to begin inviting people from various groups in our community to share with us what they are doing. They can come to worship, give us a five-seven minute summary of their work. They can share their story. And, in turn, we can connect with them. We get to know them and appreciate what they do.
It goes two ways, though. Just as we will learn more about them, they will learn more about us. The connection has the potential to be a missional encounter. More to come…