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Sometimes Church Communication STINKS

by on May 14, 2012

Communication is one of the most important things we can do as Christians.  It is our duty to tell the world about our Savior and how He loves each one of us…no matter what.  We are all part of the Great Commission whether we like it or not.

As communicators go, the Christian church has not always done a great job.  Quite frankly there have been some communicators who have been pretty lousy and left the church with a few black eyes.  Of course the world is eager to showcase these people and their issues.  But what about the good communicators?  The ones who listened to God and were faithful in following His path for them?

Christ Fellowship is part of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.  As such we’re currently in the middle of our series discussing the foundations and mission of the Foursquare Church and it’s founder evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.

Sister McPherson was an excellent communicator and preached the gospel around the world at a time when women weren’t even allowed to vote.  With her two small children in tow, she moved to Los Angeles where in 1923 she opened the Angelus Temple.  Her personal journey along with the building of the church is a remarkable story.

Another great communicator was Athanasius.  That is probably not a name you’ve heard before.  He was a theologian from the fourth-century who argued for the divinity of Christ at a time when some believed Jesus was created by God and They did not exist together eternally.  He spent the bulk of his adult life fighting for his beliefs; so much so that he was exiled five separate times.  (The last of which was thought to have been spent in his father’s tomb. )  You can read more about Athanasius on the Center for Church Communication blog or Wikipedia.

The point to all of this is both Sister McPherson and Athanasius were tenacious in their faith, in their mission and in their walk with Christ.  They didn’t let circumstances or the social pressures of their time influence their thoughts or sway the path God had laid out for them.

How much could be accomplished if we as Christians had the same unwavering convictions as Sister McPherson and Athanasius?

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