You may have heard the phrase "location, location, location." Does location really matter? Ask any realtor and they will probably tell you that it does. Have you ever wondered if the location for where the message of Jesus Christ is spoken matters? In Acts 18, we read of an example that may challenge our thoughts. Take a look:
4 Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike. 5 And after Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul spent all his time preaching the word. He testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed and insulted him, Paul shook the dust from his clothes and said, “Your blood is upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go preach to the Gentiles.”
7 Then he left and went to the home of Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God and lived next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.
Paul spoke the Gospel at the local synagogue and his audience there was less than receptive. However, when Paul went right next door and spoke, everyone there believed and was baptized. Why didn't the folks at the house come next door to the church to hear the message? Because sometimes the location of the Gospel presentation matters! Congregations often wait until the neighbors walk into the church doors before they share who Jesus is. Sometimes there are people around us who need to hear or see the Gospel first, before they will ever step a foot into our churches. Here, at The Table, we often say "We love our neighbors!". What action steps could we take to remind us that Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself"?
With sincere love for each of you,