On the night of his arrest, Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”
It is evident therefore, that far from expecting the world to meet the church where the church is at, Jesus expected the church to meet the world where the world is at. Jesus didn’t model an invitational strategy, he modelled a visitational strategy. Jesus didn’t see his community as hosts, he saw them as ambassadors.
So, are we prepared to be an answer to the prayer of Jesus?