Meals with a Mission

In his book A Meal with Jesus, Tim Chester has a chapter entitled “Meals as Enacted Mission”. Expounding on the action of Christ (Luke 14:1-24), Chester makes the point that a meal is a great context for sharing the Gospel. Chester said:

Meals bring mission into the ordinary. But that’s where most people are—living in the ordinary. That’s where we need to go to reach them. We too readily think of mission as extraordinary. Perhaps that’s because we find it awkward to talk about Jesus outside a church gathering. Perhaps it’s because we think God moves through the spectacular rather than the witness of people like us. Perhaps it’s because we want to outsource mission to the professionals, so we invite people to guest services where an “expert” can do mission for us. But most people live in the ordinary, and most people will be reached by ordinary people.

Sharing the Gospel in the context of a meal is simple. Chester continued:

It’s not that meals save people. People are saved through the gospel message. But meals will create natural opportunities to share that message in a context that resonates powerfully with what you’re saying…You don’t have to give a little sermon—just be attentive to people and open about your faith.

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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