Incarnational Ministry: The Way of Jesus

The incarnational aspect of our Lord’s ministry went beyond the theological truth that Christ was literally God in flesh.  Jesus came as God in flesh to be with people.  He told his disciples that his mission was to seek and to save that which was lost.  Jesus did not camp in the temple in Jerusalem and build a ministry around a physical location.  No Christ Jesus came to love the masses.  Jesus went to the lost and served them.  An incarnational ministry means that the church goes to people the way Jesus did!  If Jesus came in our day, he would probably be just as misunderstood by the established Church today as he was by the Jewish leaders in his day.

The gospels tell us that Christ Jesus was a “friend of sinners,” (Matthew 11.19).  He associated with tax collectors, prostitutes, the diseased, and the down and outers of society. The religious leaders despised him for it and called him a glutton and a winebibber, because he attended the parties of the sinners, (Luke 7.33-35).  Socializing with these kinds of people ruined Christ’s testimony before the religious leaders of His day. The missional church is also often misunderstood and maligned as it attempts to reach out to people in the same manner of our Lord. 

At the heart of being incarnational is simply loving people like Jesus loved people; loving people enough to go to them.  The missional church understands that Christians are to follow the example of Jesus.  Jesus came to physically be with us and to reach us with the Father’s love.  The missional church is an assembly of Christ’s follower’s that understands that they must penetrate the culture with their presence.  Jesus did not retreat from culture, but penetrated it.  He was out among the people, going to their parties and reaching out to them in love.  Christ socialized with people of whom the religious leaders of his day would have nothing to do with. 

The missional church sees its mission as the same as the Lord’s.  Christians should be spiritually distinct from the world, but we are not called to be socially segregated from it.  God wants us to be a living Christ-like influence in this world.  Jesus drew close to us and the missional church seeks to draw close to those who do not know Him.  This is what it means to be incarnational; in the world but not of the world!  The world is not something that the missional church seeks to be isolated from or to shun.  The world is a place we engage and penetrate as missionaries spreading the love of Jesus. 

I do not pray that you take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them in to the world.  (John 17.15-18)

2 thoughts on “Incarnational Ministry: The Way of Jesus

  1. pcbantu@rediffmail.com

    Dear Sir,

    Greetings to you in the precious and merciful name of our Savior Lord Jesus Christ.I humbly request you to allow to introducing my self.I Rev.P.C.Bantu praising my God for choosing me and my Co-Workers to proclaim the love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our parts of India”Woe is unto me,if I preach not the Gospel” 1.Cor.9:16.We have small Ministry the name of Ministry is ZION FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY,please pray for our Ministry.

    We reaching the gospel to unreached groups we thanks God that many perishing souls have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through our Ministry We reaching the gospel to different Villages,Towns,Slums and tribal areas.Still there are thousands of Villages without Gospel and Millions of People yet to hear the Good New of Jesus as people worship idols,nature animal,snake,cows and trees for this we need your prayers and co-operation to go forward in our Lord’s Great Commision to Reach and Win many lost souls for the extension of His Kingdom. We ask you in Christ to Join Hands with us to pray fervently for great Revival and for soul wining of India.

    Presently we working in State of Orissa,there is great persecution going on against of Christian People,Past year thousands of Christian people they stayed in relief camp and hundreds of families they left their houses and went different Cities to stay there because of fear.Many believers,Evangelists and Pastors they sacrificed their lives for God’s work.

    Our Pastors and Evangelists they going Village to Village and proclaiming the Gospel to unreached people even we are getting persecution yet we are not forsaking to proclaiming the Gospel,through gospel of Jesus somany people are saved coming to Church so kindly consider our part of Orissa Ministry on your Prayer.We requests to you kindly come and Visit our Orissa Ministry,We have small small shade type Churches where we doing Sunday Services and also we doing Sunday Services at homes.We working among Hindus and we doing Sunday Services at Hindu Villages.

    Our Pastors and Evangelists need helps for gospel work and also they need Bicycle for gospel work to go Village to Village to proclaim the gospel so kindly pray for them and also pray for our poor Children and widows those are suffering for physically no one looking for them.ZION FELLOWSHIP WORKING AMONG HINDUS TO WIN LOST SOULS FOR JESUS.

    YOUR SUPPORT WILL SAVE SOME LOST SOULS OF INDIA SO KINDLY PRAY AND VISIT OUR ZION FELLOWSHIP AND SEND YOUR PRECIOUS SEED FOR GOSPEL WORK OF ZION FELLOWSHIP.

    YOU CAN SEND YOUR HELPS TO THE NAME OF [ZION FELLOWSHIP INDIA UNITED MISSIONARY CHURCH]

    MY ADDRESS
    ZION FELLOWSHIP INDIA UNITED MISSIONARY CHURCH
    REV.P.C.BANTU
    SHANING NAGAR,RLY.STATION,POST.STATION ROAD,PARLAKHEMUNDI.DIST.GAJAPATHI,ORISSA.INDIA
    PIN NO.761201.MOBILE NO.09861966671
    EMAIL=pcbantu@rediffmail.com

    Thanking You
    Your Sincerely
    Rev.P.C.Bantu

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  2. traceydooqatar

    As the author said, we are to be Jesus to a lost and lying world.

    Does this mean we can do all things through Christ?

    Do we limit who we will care for and who we will not care for?

    Is this a special ministry gift or simply being a dead to self Christian

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