This summer, Vintage has the incredible opportunity to host three college-age interns from Prestonwood Baptist Church. Prestonwood is a wonderful Gospel partner with Vintage, and we are excited to train and serve alongside Caleb, Kelsey, and Morgan this summer. Over the next three weeks, each one of them will be featured on our blog, sharing from their personal experience of living the gospel, loving the city, and being the church here in New Orleans.
For the past two weeks, Caleb, Kelsey, and I have been going to three different local coffee shops every Tuesday afternoon in order to be a part of the community while sharing the love of Christ. Our goal in doing this is so that we can live the gospel, love the city, and be the church.
What the Gospel Is
The first is living the Gospel. The Gospel is plainly laid out in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5, which states: “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scripture, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” By this, we are called to live the Gospel wholeheartedly.
How the Gospel is Lived
Living the Gospel means to not only believe the truth of the Gospel, as stated in 1 Corinthians 15, but also to understand it in the sense that there is a desire to continually share it with others. In the coffee shops that we go to, this is our mission. As each week has progressed, we have continued to understand and break down cultural barriers in order to relate to the people in the coffee shops and even the baristas.
The theme of the Gospel is the love of Christ that God brought to us through His son Jesus. So, in order to live that out, we are to bring love to others through the Holy Spirit in us. God’s love can simply be shown through our actions. This past week, I had the opportunity to become more personal and vulnerable with the barista at the coffee shop I visit. We started simply because I asked her what is something good to try in the area because I was doing an internship. This simple question opened up an ongoing conversation between the two of us, in which we were able to bond over our southeastern background. She even mentioned that she’s excited for our next talk on this coming Tuesday. As Christians, we often get very nervous to share with others because of rejection and awkwardness. Learn to love the awkwardness! When you make the step of even just asking a simple question to start conversation things begin to happen and hearts begin to soften. I believe that God has something miraculous planned for the following Tuesdays to come and I’m excited to see exactly what that is.
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