This morning I was flipping through one of John Wimber’s books and I read the following:
I have a prayer, and a vision: The Vineyard — and the Church at large, whatever Christian stream, tribe or family you happen to belong to — breaking through the walls of the church out into the streets and the marketplace, preaching Jesus and His Good News, accompanied by the Holy Spirit. I see Father reaching out His hand to heal and perform miracles, and our message not ever changing from the Good News to the signs. I will die happy if that happens. The signs show He is here. The message is Jesus Christ in all His fullness — not the signs!” (John Wimber, The Way In Is the Way On)
In typical Wimber fashion, we read here an emphasis on both the demonstration and proclamation of the kingdom. As the Church, empowered by the Spirit, moves beyond the walls of the buildings we gather in, we go to make disciples by showing and telling people about Jesus. It’s the wonderful combination of people encountering Jesus and hearing about his wonderful work on the Cross.