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Gates of Hell Evangelism

Gates of Hell Evangelism

Gates of Hell Evangelism

Gates of Hell EvangelismJesus talked about the Gates of Hell as something to be assaulted. Read about its misery, as described by Dante Alighieri:

“I am the way into the city of woe.
I am the way to a forsaken people.
I am the way to eternal sorrow.

Sacred justice moved my architect.
I was raised here by divine omnipotence,
Primordial love and ultimate intelligence.

Only those elements time cannot wear
Were made before me, and beyond time I stand.
Abandon all hope ye who enter here.”

Dante’s Inferno

Caesarea Philippi stood only twenty miles or so from the religious communities of Galilee. But their religious practices were light-years apart from those of the nearby Jewish towns.

In Old Testament times, the northeastern area of Israel became a center for Baal worship. In the nearby city of Dan, Israelite king Jeroboam built the high place that angered God and eventually led the Israelites to worship false gods (1 Kings 12:29-31). Eventually, fertility worship of the Baals was replaced with worship of Greek fertility gods.

Caesarea Philippi, which stood in a lush area near the Southern foot of Mount Hermon, became the religious center for worship of the Greek god, Pan. The Greeks named the city Panias in his honor.

Years later, when Romans conquered the territory, Herod Philip rebuilt the city and named it after himself. But Caesarea Philippi continued to focus on worship of Greek gods. In the cliff that stood above the city, local people built shrines and temples to Pan.

Interestingly, Jesus chose to deliver a motivational speech to his disciples at Caesarea Philippi. In that pagan setting, he encouraged his disciples to build a church that would overcome the worst evils.

Evangelism on the frontier of the Gates of Hell is just what Jesus had in mind.  If you need to overcome fear in evangelism, see my previous post.

Shared Ministry

Shared Ministry

“Every Member is a Minister.”

(Romans 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:5, 9)

We believe God has equipped every Christ-Follower with gifts and passions so they can become difference and disciple makers for Jesus Christ. We encourage everyone to use and develop their gifts and talents in service to their local church, community and world. We believe even leaders serve in community as a team of friends together.

Relational Community

Relational Community

“Doing Life Together.”

(Psalm 68:6; Acts 2:42-48; 1 Thessalonians 2:8)

We believe real authenticity is best described as openness with others about our strengths and weaknesses. Through hospitality and Productive Fellowship, we help people find their way from anonymity into authentic relationships where people do life together. Come and find your extended family in a church where NO ONE stands alone.

A Church is a Relational Community: one where people from all walks of life come together under the banner of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to worship Him together, serve Him together, love each other practically and deeply, spread His message and enjoy Him forever!

A great way to do that by the way is by having a good old campfire.