I've been confused, reading after reading, by the New Testament's unapologetic portrayal of Paul's ministry strategy.
I find myself stirred by Paul's efforts throughout the NT to create a multi-ethnic church. The gospel of Jesus breaks down the walls that divide Jew and Gentile in a way that is so thorough and unusual, the world takes notice.
But Paul starts off in every city pursuing a segmented strategy. He goes to the synagogues first and focuses his efforts on the Jewish people.
How does this niche ministry, this market segmentation, fit with God's bigger multi-ethnic purpose?
It's a step.
That's gotta be it, right?
When we forget that niche ministry is a step, a stage, temporary ... that's when we end up divided and divorced from one of most significant signs of the power of the gospel of Jesus: a multi-ethnic church ... and ultimately, the great worshipping multitude that no one could count.
What do you think?
Is all niche ministry temporary?