Thursday, April 17, 2008

"You are now looking at the mission field..."

I read an excerpt of this sermon at New City Church's blog. In a post called "Bad People Make Good Missionaries," Paul Manuel links to a sermon by Jean Larroux by the same name (I'm not sure, but I think you can right-click on this link, click 'save target' and download the message).

I downloaded the whole message after reading this summary (my emphasis added):
In it he decries the “You are now entering the mission field” signs that you sometimes see leaving church parking lots as ‘demonic.’ He would rather have them read “You are now looking at the mission field” and be hung over the mirrors in the church bathrooms. We need to realize our own continuing need of the gospel before we can be effective in reaching others with it. “How can we assure others that Jesus really is for sinners,” he asks, “if all they know about us is good things?” We are not offering a self-help program, we are presenting the good news that Jesus saves sinners. We are most effective in declaring the gospel when we become living demonstrations of it.

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