Perspective Jan Paron Viewing Others With OpennessAll Rights Reserved 2012 Image: clker.com/clipart-plus-sign
P "For he himself is our peace, who hasE made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wallN of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands andN regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of theE two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to GodS through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility" (Eph 2:14-16 NIV).S
Without Value Judgment With Christ Care -like Honor OPENNESS Love VIEWING OTHERS Servant’s Hospitality Heart CompassionImage: Insignia Blog
Openness and intentionality work together in reciprocalfashion.Intentional ministry requires the believer to takepurposeful and planned steps to bring the body of Christinto oneness; but predicates and builds on ones ability tohave an open mindset.Likewise, the purpose behind a believer seeing othersthrough the lens of openness is to create a passageway forthem to enter into adoption of the elect through JesusChrist.That passageway hinges on intentional strategies andactivities in ministry.
• Aggregate number of Christians on a world-wide scale is no longer White (Jenkins, 2007)• Category of "White in combination with another race" showed a 36.9% increase (US 2010 Census)• Whites, Hispanics and Women show a larger proportion of unchurched persons from 1990-2010 (Barna Group, 2011)• US experienced the greatest number of families living in poverty in the 52 years the US Census recorded such figures (Tavernise, 2011) Image: Strategicgrants.com
What is the impact of closed perspectives to cultural differences and access to the Gospel? Image: redbubble.com
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