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The Overflow

August 12, 2017


“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings  we suffer.  And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”  2 Corinthians 1: 3-7

This passage makes it extremely clear and confirms unto me that any real ministry or comfort only take place when our lives are subject to the very same sufferings as those that we are attempting to serve must endure on a daily basis.  In other words if we want to be effective ministers we must be totally submerged in the culture and pain that others live in continually.  To be brutally honest I think that most short term missions trips are pretty bogus.  In fact our whole lives are supposed to be an ongoing missions trip.  If you want to reach someone with the Gospel then you must live where they live, eat what they eat, work like they work, suffer what they suffer, and celebrate what they celebrate.  The only real way to serve is from WITHIN a group of people, and NEVER from above or outside of them.  That is why the whole Clergy/Laity thing is bullshit.  The most effective way to make disciples is eye to eye, shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, hip to hip and knee to knee, and NEVER from the top down.

True ministry involves a total devotion to those that we serve; starting with Jesus.  When we serve like this we meet others needs out of the overflow of comfort and grace from our very own lives.  We can extend grace and healing because we have experienced it first hand and not because we read it in any book, including the bible.   We can minister salvation to others because we have lived it in the very same environment as those who we would have receive it.  Sermons are nothing more than fancy and useless words unless we live lives that back up those words to the utmost extent.

True fellowship and koinonia come from a shared life experience and not from any mission statement or strategic plan.  If we would only be totally upfront,open, honest and real about our own struggles and shortcomings…  CHRIST would put on display our overcoming of such obstacles to the benefit of all those we share life with each and every day.  You want others to receive His grace and mercy?  Then just receive them yourself and then tell others just what it is like to know Him in His sufferings and His power.  The only way to make a difference in the lives of others is to allow Him to make such a difference in your life and then put you on simple display within their community.  I realize my words have been forceful today, but I am passionate about these things.

Love and….

Kirk Out !




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  1. Sue permalink

    Food for thought and prayer for those ‘out there’. May love find a way to reach thru those who ARE ‘doing missions’ so they may learn and others will see Christ. However he is preached may others see him.

  2. tom ball permalink

    Your passion is evident, Chris. Nothing “luke warm” about you. I’m proud to be your friend 🙂

  3. Dan permalink

    First, you rocked our view of church. Then, you rocked our view of pastors. Now, you’re rocking how we see world missions. Is anything still sacred anymore??? (Just joking! Keep up the great work, Christopher! You’re making a wonderful impact!)

  4. Yes, I agree, and to support this I want to say that personal testimony is the most powerful way of sharing and identifying with others.

  5. Judy Baker permalink

    Agreed we do need to be full of the Holy Spirit to teach others . Immerse ourselves in their life, customs, work, so we can relate to them as Paul did. Then we can understand their ways and thinking and can put the right words to help them understand Jesus..sent by His Father. Our missionaries stay 2 years & longer abroad after learning the language & customs of whatever country they are sent to and Bible School. They live with them and share the Good News. Then they share the Good News of Jesus with their friends & family. Many congregations are started and continuing to grow worldwide. Only Jesus’ Spirit can make it grow .

  6. Rev. Yvonne Prentice permalink

    Your words are forceful….. I do share your sentiments though. I am in agreement with most of what you are sharing here and in other blogs you have written and am glad you are voicing these things that need to be said. I want to say that mentoring, counselling, teaching is really an important part of serving both those in the body of Christ and those who are looking for God. People recognized Jesus as the one who could help and who had the words of life they were looking for. He was the teacher, the Rabbi and they respected what He said as well as the awe His miracles caused so though Jesus example is that of humility and service He also was theRabbi and did not disown the respect He was given nor did He invite everyone else in his midst to share in that role. I personally do not believe there is a need for the division between Clergy so called laity but some of us are gifted by God to be leaders, teachers and mentors so there is a slight need to be respected so we can do our part in serving and encouraging people. I am pleased to read about your times of fellowship, it seems our house fellowship is very similar. It’s great to be in community sharing life together as a family and honouring the gifts and abilities in each other. I wonder how you see the gifts of leadership, teaching, mentoring and such operate in your fellowship gatherings and in the general wiring of ministry ? Blessings Yvonne

    On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 10:01 PM notesfromthebridge wrote:

    > oikoskrk posted: “Greetings, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord > Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who > comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any > trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from G” >

    • Yvonne, we see those gifts operating relationally and not positionally as the Spirit leads when we fellowship together. All done simply and matter of factly without fanfare. Thank you for your encouragement sister.

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