Operation Lydia ~ community

Operation Lydia is a four-part series, which is a simple way to consider mission in the context in which you live. You can find a longer explanation here, the first post here, and the second post here. The following post is for part three, which is…

3. Frequent that place

Christian community should overlap with non-believers, and can be based on something you have in common with others (hobby?).

Acts 17:22-23 ~ “So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.”

If we were to break down Paul’s strategy at the Areopagus,

  1. He observed people
  2. He passed through where the people were
  3. He examined their context
After you’ve devoted some time to intentionally seeking out a place of “residence,” and commit yourself to its natural community, then start people watching! Get to know other people, don’t hide in a cave. Continue to frequent the same place with ruthless regularity, but with the intention of understanding the environment you are in. In other words, don’t be a stranger.

Immerse yourself in your mission field!

About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB. He is committed to spreading the value of our union with Christ in Santa Barbara, through the expository preaching of God's Word. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting People, or Daisy Love and the Magic Eraser. You can follow Chris on twitter at @LazoChris.

Posted on October 31, 2011, in personal. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Operation Lydia ~ community.

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