Tag: Evangelism

Chinese Christians brave coronavirus to share gospel

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More than 900 people have now died in the coronavirus outbreak as tens of thousands of people in China have been infection by the virus. There have been horror stories of the handling of the outbreak. Last week, videos were posted on social media which showed Chinese citizens apparently being forcibly taken into quarantine.

In Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Christians have taken to the streets to hand out masks and share the love of Christ with those in a city who’s been ravaged by the virus.

Having an “all things to all people” ministry mindset

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In 1 Corinthians 9, the Apostle Paul gives an insight into how he approached ministry. After discussing how he related to Jews, gentiles, and those whom society had looked down upon, Paul sums up how he related to each of these groups by saying that he became “all things to all people.”

For the Jewish people, they had the Law. In the early church, there was still some uncertainty over which (if any) aspects of the Law people were required to follow.

Paul was respectful of Jewish customs. He had been born and raised Jewish. And for the sake of building relationships, in certain circles, he would still participate in accordance with various Jewish customs. In Acts 16, Timothy is a young minster who begins doing ministry with Paul. Knowing they would be traveling in heavily Jewish areas, Paul actually has Timothy get circumcised.

All things to all people.

Can a person truly have faith if their life doesn’t show it?

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Vegans.

When you’re a vegan, you don’t eat meat or use animal products. Being vegan is a lifestyle.

Now if I said that I was vegan and invited you over to my place for dinner, and you said what are we having “surt and turt….we’re having some fish and steak” and then I was washing it down with a glass of milk, and my kitchen table was on a bearskin rug, and I was eating the meal with ivory handled silverware while wearing a fur coat, and we were facing my trophy wall that had deer heads….” You might start to think “you’re not vegan.”

Doing ministry with an “all things to all people” mindset

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In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, the Apostle Paul talks about being “all things to all people.” In the rest of the passage, he talks about different groups with whom he demonstrates this. While that passage is not an exhaustive guide to ministry, it provides significant insights into how to reach people for Jesus.

Based on studying this passage, and thinking of this in the ministry context of the Bible, I have five reflections over the past few weeks on what it is to be “all things to all people.”