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Jim Cottrell

Proclaiming and demonstrating the whole tiger:
For animists, the animals are present every day. Plus, the animals are presented in their entirety, such as different behaviors and their place in the ecosystem. The people don’t have to be convinced that the animal exists and the animal’s behaviors are in plain sight. As God’s creation, animals have a profound effect on people.
I think it is essential for a mission to present the whole and living word of God concerning Jesus. A mission must do more than just present the gospel. When Paul from the Bible established a church, he did more than present the gospel and motivational sermons. This is indicated by these verses:
In Acts 20:27, Paul wrote “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.”
In Hebrews 10:7, Jesus is quoted as saying “in the volume of the Book it is written of me – to do Your will O God.” Also the demonstrative effect of having Jesus in ones life needs to be observable. In Matt 25:35 & 36, some works of the believer are listed, “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” As the Lord enables, a missionary acts as a shepard and is there for his sheep when they are in trouble.
The underlying though I had for the above is that if only a small part of the Christian life is presented at a mission, then defending and convincing people of the need for this life will be a struggle. But, if the whole of the Christian life is presented and demonstrated, then no defending and convincing is needed. Comparatively, if one sets a tiger lose, no defending or convincing is needed. It is not the missionary, but Christ, unfettered in the missionary, that makes a successful mission.

Jim Cottrell

Oops, I forgot to add my questions to the post above.
My questions are was the “whole tiger” presented and did the “Tiger” a the church daily?

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