The Gospel According to the Discovery Channel

th-50Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

It is one of the strongest arguments I know of to support the credibility of the gospel and the authenticity of Christ. There is a self-evidence built into the gospel story that makes it inviting and also shows us how to share the gospel with others. It’s not some brand new teaching or insight that just came along in the last few years; it’s always been a part of the story because it is part of the words of Jesus.

The gospel is an invitation. It is transparent, open and subject to scrutiny. You can’t offend it. You either believe it or you don’t, but it’s going to be just fine either way. God does not beg. He is there; and He is entertaining questions. Kind of like Lucy in “Peanuts.”th-49

The gospel isn’t so much in the end as it is in the process. It is discovered in the dialogue. It’s in the walking and the talking. That’s why Jesus invited his disciples to come along with Him. He didn’t tell them much up front; He merely asked them to follow Him. There was no agreement, no contract, no set of beliefs they had to adhere to before they could join up. It was all about coming alongside and discovering.

The Discovery Channel suits the spread of the Gospel of Welcome much better than some Christian broadcasting network. The Christian programming is already nailed down. There’s not that much investigating going on. There is more of “This is how we think,” or “This is what Christians believe,” or “This is what makes Christians comfortable.”  It should be more like “Have you ever looked into this?”, or “Have you ever thought about that?” It’s much better if it’s not “Christian” to start with. Otherwise no one will seek or ask real questions.

Have you seen Jesus my Lord?
He’s here in plain view.
Take a look, open your eyes,
He’ll show it to you.  – John Fischer

We can have confidence that when we invite others to look into Jesus, if they’re supposed to find Him, they will. It’s not up to us to do the convincing anyway; that’s God’s part. We just do the inviting.

The gospel is inviting; it always has been. We didn’t invent this as a strategy; Jesus brought the gospel to us this way, and it’s the way He wants it spread.

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3 Responses to The Gospel According to the Discovery Channel

  1. Ken Flessas says:

    Thanks John. Your message just re-inforced one of our mission goals, Invite!!

  2. Mark Seguin says:

    Amen!!! Pastor John and Amen again.. I find it a bit more inviting to explore God’s mind and His creation and the wonderment of it in watching the Discovery Channel then some Christian TV stations… 🙂
    PS my current invitation to get an opportunity to speak about God’s love and his Son: have you ever thought about how does anyone get to heaven, if there is such a place? Also, what if I were to tell you this: “You are loved totally and unconditionally by the heart of creation. There is nothing you need do to win that love, and nothing you can do to lose it.” by my old friend Aine Belton of the Global Love Newsletter – I don’t have any results to report back from it yet, becauz I jus came across the quote the other day – I’ve emailed to a few, yet no replies… Looking forward to sharing it one on one someday, when i get the chance.. 🙂

  3. Colleen Thake says:

    I remember watching Wild world of Discovery one night and lo and behold it was about Lions! The people wanted to know what attracted a female lion to a male lion, so they placed 2 stuffed male lions in the midst, one with a light mane and one with a dark mane. I know it sounds weird, but most females were attracted to the dark hair mane lion versus the lighter mane. This turned out ot be a great metaphor for me, simply because of their explanation. The females were mainly attracted to the dark maned lion simply because it displays He loses less battles, when lions battle their hair or mane gets pulled out so to speak, so the darker the mane the more a Champion!
    So they way I saw it when I watched the program was Jesus who is the “Lion” of Judah is a champion, not only that Male lions have an instinct to kill what not is his, so therefore Jesus protects His pride knowing what is His! God’s blessings

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