Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Planting or Sowing?

a Biblical thought...
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:24-25)

a Book thought...
To be a disciple of Jesus means engagement - engagement with Jesus, with others, with the world around us. It's under the real-life situations and strains of interacting with people that Jesus shapes his followers' chracter. (p102 Logan & Miller)
a Dave thought...
The Gospel is like a seed, and you have to sow it. When you sow the seed of the Gospel in Israel, a plant that can be called Jewish Christianity grows. When you sow it in Rome, a plant of Roman Christianity grows. You sow the Gospel in Great Britain and you get British Christianity. The seed of the Gospel is later brought to America, and a plant grows of American Christianity. Now, when missionaries come to our lands they brought not only the seed of the Gospel, but their own plant of Christianity, flower pot included! So, what we have to do is to break the flowerpot, take out the seed of the Gospel, sow it in our own cultural soil, and let our own version of Christianity grow.–Dr. D.T. Niles of Sri Lanka

Maybe we should no longer use the phrase Corps planting but rather Corps sowing, as often we we start our corps with our version in mind rather than letting it mature into a version of Salvationism that suits the culture it is sown into.

Just a thought.

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