Skip to comments.The MoveIn Vision
Posted on 04/17/2011 2:10:56 PM PDT by wmfights
John 1:14 says, The Word [Jesus] became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Or, as The Message paraphrases it, The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.
MoveIn is about copying Jesus example (Phil. 2:5-7) by literally moving in to the neighbourhood.
We have discovered that something amazing happens when a group of Christians intentionally moves into a neighbourhood to pray (Acts 1:14) and be. In doing so, they have chosen to become part of the neighbourhood. Rather than visiting or serving and then going away, they will share in their neighbourhoods joys (Rom. 12:15), and in its troubles (Rom. 8:17); and they will have an opportunity to be right in there as salt (Matt. 5:13) and light (Matt 5:14) - as the hands and feet of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27; Matt. 25:35-40) - with a cup of cold water in one hand (Mark 9:41) and the good news (Isa. 52:7) in the other.
We are encouraging all young Christians to ask themselves to move where they move on purpose and to challenge their default motivations. Sadly, it seems to have become the norm for Christians to move into a neighbourhood not because of the need or because of a calling to reach it, but because it is convenient. Furthermore, neighbourhoods that are inconvenient or unsafe are avoided.
It is time for Christians to move into neighbourhoods because they are not safe - to move into neighbourhoods that are messy and have high crime rates, high poverty rates, low standards of living, and a disproportionate representation of Christ.
It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone elses foundation. Paul, Romans 15:20
It is also time for those who move into suburbs and other lower-needs neighbourhoods to do so on purpose - prayerfully, seriously, communally.
As we move in, we pray also that we would be part of the fulfillment of the prayer for more people to go where the labourers are few but the harvest is plentiful (Matt. 9:37) on the other side of the world - where people have never heard of Jesus, and wherein some casesthey live in slums and sleep in refuse that is physical, economic, social, emotional, environmental, or spiritual in nature.
We are moving in because Christ did it first (Eph. 5:1). We are praying for big things because we serve a big God (Psalm 8). We are confident that He will go before us (Isa. 45:2), that he will never leave us (Heb. 13:5-6), and that he will be with us right to the end (Matt 28:20). Through prayer and action, we pray that those we live among will experience Christs love themselves in a life-changing, life-giving, totally contagious kind of way (John 10:10) - for Gods glory.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
They are reporting that they are having some success.
Well. That kind of puts a new spin on denying Scripture, doesn't it?
Thanks for the ping, wmfights!
MoveIn focuses on unreached and high-needs neighbourhoods - usually apartment-building clusters in and around cities. The neighbourhood patches we move into are usually no bigger than 500 x 500 meters in area. (Some are 200 x 200 meters. As many as 10,000 people can live in this area.) The size of these patches means everything is within walking distance. By high-needs we mean economic (e.g., percentage below the poverty line), familial (e.g., domestic violence rates), social (e.g., community spirit, safety, crime rates, gang activity), environmental (e.g., pollution levels, cleanliness), and spiritual - all relatively speaking. The degree to which a neighbourhood is unreached is also a very important factor. Unreached people are those who come from nations which, relatively speaking, have had the least access to the good news of Jesus - both historically and recently.
Please include these Christian movein teams in your prayers.
It is really impressive to meet a bunch of twenty somethings that move into slums just so they can witness to the lost. In addition to going in and living in bad neighborhoods they are targeting Muslim neighborhoods.
While I applaude their effort, The Messager is a very poor paraphrase. “Move into the neighborhood” is different then “dwelling among us”. Christ did not “move in”. He “dwelled”.
This is not our homeland. We don’t “move in”. We dwell.
This is not our homeland. We dont move in. We dwell.
"He tabernacled among us."
Strangers and sojourners, seeking a better country. Yes, with every passing year I feel the alienation with this present aion more and more.
Our church has an outreach to help people with groceries and it is bearing much fruit. Several people have come to church and made professions of faith so far.
Churches need to start reaching out and feeding the hungry and clothing the poor, as we are commanded to. It’s not an obligation that can be fulfilled by voting into office someone who will promise handouts to welfare deadbeats.
Too many churches have abdicated their God ordained calling to reach the world for Christ and showing the love of God in a tangible way like that is what’s going to reach them.
An admirable and courageous ministry.