The Church and Communication

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The Church and Communication
Consider if…
God had created the world, and created mankind, but chose not to communicate with them, or
Man sinned and was removed from paradise, and God had a plan of salvation, but chose not to communicate it, or
The angels didn’t communicate the incredible Good News of Jesus’ birth to Mary, Joseph, or the shepherds, or
Jesus didn’t communicate His message to his disciples, or
The disciples didn’t accept the commission to take His message to the world. 
Where would we be without communication?
Often, we think of communication as talking, emailing, or sermonizing.  We think that communication is just one aspect of our job as a pastor, an assistant, or church.  If we tell someone something, we have communicated.  We send an email, and we have communicated.  We give a sermon, and we have communicated.  But communication is so much more than “me” sending a message to “them.” 
Communication is not a part of our job.  Communication is our job.  Without communication, the Church would not exist.  Doesn’t the Church exist to:
Communicate the plan of salvation which is the good news of Jesus’ message, and commission disciples to communicate the plan of salvation which is the good news of Jesus’ message…until his return?
In every communication, there is an idea.  That idea is turned into a message.  We then encode and transmit that message, and hope that it is received by the intended party.  The receiver decodes the message.  In the midst of all of this coding and decoding, there is noise: internal, external, and semantic. 
This blog is an effort to look at how all of this matters to the church.  I hope that you will return and these postings will generate important kingdom conversations.
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