I love the Churches of Christ. I have so many great relationships from being in this fellowship. I’m thankful for the many ways I’ve been shaped by the restoration movement. My roots go deep, to the earliest days of the Churches of Christ in Arkansas.
But, there’s more to my love for the restoration movement than relational connections. I love what we stand for…
I love that we have such a high view of God’s word.
I love that we’re a unity movement.
I love that we’re a restoration movement…going back to a movement God has already started.
But, as a lifelong member of the restoration movement, I’d love to see the missionary spirit of the New Testament church restored.
There’s a passage from Acts that comes to mind…
In Acts 16, Paul, Luke, and some other traveling companions are looking for a place to preach. God’s spirit keeps them from preaching in Asia so they try to go into Bithynia but the Spirit denies them again. Finally, Paul has a vision one night of a Macedonian man asking for help.
So, Paul, Luke, and the others determine that God wants them to go to Macedonia.
I’m puzzled by how they knew the Spirit didn’t want them to go into Asia or Bithynia. But, I love the fact that they were going somewhere. For them, going nowhere wasn’t an option. They were going somewhere to share the good news with someone. Eventually, they end up in Macedonia.
That’s the missionary spirit that needs to be restored today. Going nowhere shouldn’t be an option. We’ll knock until we find an open door to share the Good News.
For Paul, anywhere he went would have been a gospel frontier, a place with no gospel presence. There are at least three reasons why I believe the university campus is the new gospel frontier, making it the ideal place to go as we restore the missionary zeal of the NT church…
1. There is a great need.
Within the Churches of Christ, there are only 125 campus ministries in the nation. With thousands of universities in the U.S., it’s clear there’s a great need. Besides, the university campus is a very strategic place to do ministry. I believe what Bill Bright said with all my heart…
“If we can win the university today, we can win the world tomorrow.”
2. All the world comes to us.
During the 2013-14 school year, 886,052 international students came to the U.S. for undergraduate or graduate studies. This presents an incredible opportunity. We’re called to “go into all the world.” But, the whole world comes to our college campuses every year!
We could conceivably reach the world — literally — without leaving the country.
3. College presents an open window into the soul.
As my good friend Chris Buxton said in the interview I posted last week, the college years present an “unprecedented window of openness.” College students are in the most moldable season of their lives. They’re more open to the gospel than almost any other demographic of people.
What aspect of the NT church would you love to see restored? I’d love to hear from you!