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It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.
St. Paul made a powerful statement here that rings clear today. He simply said, I went places to preach the gospel where people had never heard the gospel before. I didn’t want to go to established places, because if I did, I would be laying my interpretation of the good news on someone else’s foundation. Like St. Paul, it should be the Church’s mission to preach the good news, “Where Christ Is Not Known.”
When we first moved to Miami twenty-one years ago, we came to an established church that had been going for almost forty years. It had around 200-300 folks who kept the church going. When we arrived, there was a lot of history I had to help move them on from, because it was not what I would have done if I had laid the original foundation. By foundation, I’m speaking of theological and cultural ways of doing the work of the Lord. Thankfully, the people were patient with me, and after twenty-one years it’s a completely different place now. But whenever I read this scripture from Paul, my first thought is if I had it to do all over again, I’d like to preach the good news, “Where Christ Is Not Known.”
I’m so grateful, Lord, that You have given me people who have been patient with me even though they came through originally by way of another man’s ministry. Help me to always reach new people who have never known the Christ of whom I preach. Amen