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Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. – Revelation 21:3-7 (ESV)
As Fee puts it, “The difference” between Paul’s behavior “and that of his social companions is not in the behavior itself, which will be identical to the observer, but in the reasons for it. The latter abstain because they are ‘under the law’; it is a matter of religious obligation. Paul abstains because he loves those under the law and wants to win them to Christ. Despite appearances, the differences are as night and day.”
“The church is more like an aircraft carrier…..Aircraft carriers equip planes to carry the battle elsewhere. The goal is to keep the battle as far away from you as possible. You load up planes to carry the battle to the enemy. Churches that want to “prevail against the gates of hell” must learn to see themselves like aircraft carriers, not like cruise liners. Members need to learn to share the gospel, without the help of the pastor, in the community, and start ministries and Bible studies – even churches – in places without them. Churches must become discipleship factories, “sending” agencies that equip their members to take the battle to the enemy.” – JD Greer