In the Great Commission, in Matthew 28:19, Jesus said, “GO ye therefore and teach all nations.” An inside-out church goes to the community; it doesn’t wait for the community to come to it.
Jesus said to His church in Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
An inside-out church is not simply satisfied with giving to missions that extend “to the end of the earth.” Rather, it also focuses on its own “Jerusalem,” the local unsaved, unchurched community.
“If our church burned down, would people really care?” Are we making that kind of a difference in this community?
We need to realize that inside-out churches are made of inside-out people. We cannot expect this church to be concerned with reaching our community until we, as individuals, are concerned with reaching this community.
How can we capture the heart of our community? I want to give you four ways we can become an inside-out church. I pray that you will not only receive them but be willing to initiate and practice them.
Frankly, our church must be an influence for Jesus. We must be “salt” and “light.”