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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 21, 2011 - Share the Good News … Clearly!

By Gary Rogers

Metaphors abound in Christianity. The problem is, if you have no knowledge of what the metaphors represent you’re lost. Not necessarily spiritually lost, like not found and not going to heaven, but lost like you don’t know what that Christian is talking about. (By the way “lost” is a metaphor meaning you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.)

We come by all these metaphors from a wonderful source. Jesus used metaphors constantly in His teaching. Jesus told us that He was the Door, the Vine, the Good Shepherd, the Light of the world and the Bread of Life. Jesus compared God’s Word to seed, and those who heard the Word to stony places or thorny soil or good soil. Jesus called us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. These metaphors were a wonderful way for Jesus to take the complex principles of God’s kingdom (another metaphor) and bring them down to understandable comparisons. But if you’re not used to using and evaluating through metaphors, it can be very confusing.

A woman was heard praying, “Lord, here’s my bread. I’m throwing it in the oven. I’m throwing it in the oven. I’m throwing it in the oven. Now, send it back to me cooked. Send it back, Lord.” I’m sure God knew what she was talking about, but if she were talking to someone who didn’t have a clue about Christianity they would be saying, “Where’s the bread?”

Christian jargon can be meaningless to those who have never read the Bible or been exposed to Christianity. I have learned not to take anything for granted. I once preached from Romans 2:11 in the King James Version: “For there is no respect of persons with God.” I knew it meant that God was not prejudiced, but a person in the congregation got mad at me thinking I was saying that God doesn’t respect anyone. In our words and phrases it is important that people understand what we are saying.

A large percentage of Americans hear our Christian jargon as a foreign language. We need to speak specifically. It is imperative that we listen to what we are saying from the perspective of someone who takes everything literally. It is also critical that we explain what we mean. Lost means that you have not yet received Jesus as your source of forgiveness of your past failures and wrong and immoral actions. Saved means you are set free from the outcome of your past failures and now living in obedience to Jesus and His principles with an anticipation of His reward of living forever in a future place called heaven.

Share the good news with someone today and make sure they know what you’re saying.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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