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Outreach. How Far Should We Reach Out?

 Editor    Oct 24 : 00:43
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OutreachOutreach. In the world of Chemical Recovery this tradition has been described as keeping the recovery you have by giving it away. In the Christian community at large it is widely understood as seeking non-Christians and teaching them the way of God through scripture. Think about the Christian view of outreach: a mission to impart truth to nonbelievers who are, in regards to their heart and minds, “futile,” “foolish” and “dark.” (Romans 1:21). We reach out to people because they are ignorant and or rebellious to God’s truths. With this criterion in mind we ought to consider whether or not there aren’t’ a great number of Christians within our own fellowships that are in desperate need of being reached out to. 

Consider some of the traditions of Chemical Recovery extrapolated directly from Scripture: Total Recovery (the idea that we are to deal with sin and righteousness in all areas of our lives);
Truth in Love (seeking and speaking truth no matter how hard that truth may be to accept);
Willingness to change (whenever we are faced with opinions we hold, attitudes we harbor, or behaviors we are involved in that are contrary to the will of God we are willing to change it accordingly);
Accountability (submitting to each other out of reverence for Christ and expecting others in the faith to live up to and give an account for what they’ve said, pledged and done.
Are these merely principles to impart on nonbelievers or people coming into recovery? Are these not values every Christian should hold dear? What are the implications of not loving the truth, or being willing to change or allowing yourself to be held accountable while doing the same for others? If we are honest we can see how quickly the church is straying from these principles and consequently how we are slipping away from God’s favor.

Consider the word of the Lord in regards to moving away from his ways:
Jeremiah 7:1-4
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD : "Stand at the gate of the LORD's house and there proclaim this message:
      " 'Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!"
            If the members of God’s Kingdom are lacking some core principles of God, are we who, through constant reflection, diligent study and accountability, are most connected to them, obligated to outreach to those within our fellowship? How far should we reach out?

It seems the need of the hour is to reach out to those closest to us. I want you to think about what a great privilege and responsibility it is to be a member of the CR ministry. I will liken it to the remnant God left in Israel. Those in CR have held fast to some timeless and essential truth of God even while many others around them abandoned or were severely compromised in them. Our group has been in many ways like a house built on rock unmoved by turbulent times. Truth be told we have grown stronger and seen more than ever how strongly we need to hold to these teachings; they are life-saving. While many in the faith are weakening in their resolve and conviction about sin and truth and the need to fellowship regularly, we can be a light shining these values brightly.

We can be the very people who, though while in the world were the ones who drained and harmed others most, now are the salt that saves the church from complacency and a deceptive and false hope as exemplified in Jeremiah’s thrice repetition of the sentiment of his people: “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!” If we are not living out the principles of God are we or will we remain the people of God? Obviously not.

I urge you to live out God’s purpose for you. Do your part to reconnect people to a culture of truth that they may once have had or to introduce those who may never have had it to a refreshing and life-saving way. Do you still believe that God sets the time and places you are to live and be? If so, is it a coincidence that you are connected to CR? No. You who were, as the Apostle Paul speaking as God’s representative puts it, “weak,” and “lowly,” and “foolish” were chosen to instruct and inspire others around you. You may play an essential part in saving your local congregation; this truth can not be overstated. Through our eternal fellowship in CR we can do great things! Things set forth by God for us to do. Let us be driven by His purpose for us as laid out in the tradition of Outreach.

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