Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tripping Out

An important part of learning is to incorporate practical application. Before we venture out to dance in a new place, wisdom should lead us to know as much as we can about the location in advance. With the internet and on-demand information systems, we can experience a "virtual reality" before we arrive. It is possible to experience movement ministry via computer or television, but there is nothing like the real thing.

Many Biblical leaders, prophets, and teachers could be found travelling to various cities to minister. Both Jesus and Paul journeyed to several locations to minister to people. As dancers, we should make it a priority to travel regularly for several reasons. Our commission is to go into all the world and preach the gospel. As we go forth, we will also witness the vastness of God when we observe different people and cultures. We will also gain an understanding of how to minister with a Kingdom mindset.

If we make plans in advance, finances should not prevent us from taking trips for ministerial purposes. Proper planning will allow us to represent in greater numbers and prepare for the unexpected. Whether attending a conference or embarking on a missions trip, if we maintain excellence and sincerity, we should have no shortage of people willing to contribute to the cause.

Numbers 9:18 (NKJV)
At the command of the LORD the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped.

Nehemiah 9:12 (NKJV)
Moreover You led them by day with a cloudy pillar, and by night with a pillar of fire, to give them light on the road which they should travel.

2 Corinthians 8:18-20 (NKJV)
And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches, and not only that, but who was also chosen by the churches to travel with us with this gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show your ready mind, avoiding this: that anyone should blame us in this lavish gift which is administered by us

Romans 15:23-25 (NKJV)
But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you, whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.

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