Recap of Parts 1&2
Before wrapping up last time we noted the first of five specifics about what meal-sharing accomplishes. Today we move on to consider the remainder of that list before concluding our consideration of this topic.
Just incase you missed them....
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what sharing a meal does - 5 specifics
1. Meals Are The Great Equalizer
We covered this one last time. Want to reread it?
2. Meals Build Community
As we mentioned at the outset of this paper we love to run programs and create projects, but who wants to become someone’s ‘project’? No one! People want friendship. Perhaps another term for friendship is “dependence.” Surely that’s what James Taylor communicated when he sang:
When you're down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing… is going right. Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights. You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am I'll come running to see you again. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there… you've got a friend.
3. Meals Exemplify God's Lavish Grace
Food is also an opportunity for human creativity and generosity to display the lavish grace of the Creator.
4. Meals Exemplify Our Neediness
5. Meals Are a Great Gospel Metaphor
Of course this will cost you something in terms of your time, resources and so forth, but this fact reminds us of something worth remembering as we conclude. Our invitation to the feast of God cost Him something too. One writer summed it up in this way:
Yes, it’s true that meals alone cannot save people, people are saved through the gospel message. But meals create natural opportunities to share that message in a context that resonates powerfully with what we’re saying. To become more effective in our evangelistic enterprises we don’t need another church-program. We don’t have to be rich, trendy, attractive, or smart – we don’t even have to be able to cook! We just need to be people who eat, people who love Jesus, and people who want to tell others that they are invited to the great feast of God.