some gospel encouragement sitting in a coffee shop…


I’m sitting in this coffee shop, and across the room there’s this college-aged girl walking one of her friends (apparently from another country) through the story of the Bible and the gospel.

She seems like a pro. She’s teaching her friend the structure of the Bible, answering her questions, and having her read the Scripture. She’s talking about who wrote the different books and each of their stories. They’re even hanging out in the Old Testament a bunch.

She’s not over-anxious or pushy; she’s just hanging out. The friend seems engaged and they keep laughing, sharing stories, and engaging the Scriptures.

I can’t help but feel I’m watching the Kingdom of God breaking all the more into this world–the future flooding the present.

She’s not proclaiming Salvation. She’s proclaiming the Story. And this Story saves. This is the Gospel.

I needed this encouragement today; this reminder that God is stil active even when I’m not; that the church if so much bigger and more dynamic than my own corner of it. I hope one day in the New Creation I get to spend some time singing next to these two girls.

Lastly, there’s this guy sitting by himself at the table next to me studying his Hebrew for seminary. I’m wondering: who’s doing God’s work right now? Hmm….

Probably both, I know, but it’s an odd juxtaposition nonetheless.

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