Kingdom Ministry to the Public Square

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We have been given public ministry through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be witnesses (proclaimers) of Christ in cities and nations (Acts 1:8). The word “marketplace” (in our bibles) is the Greek word “agora“. It means a gathering place, an assembly, the public square (the word does not simply mean “business”). It was a central public space in ancient Greek city-states that was used for social, political, spiritual, commercial /business, artistic and athletic activities. It was a place where citizens met, engaged and exchanged ideas and thoughts. A place where public opinion and public narratives were developed, shaped and established. Not only did the early saints and apostles take the gospel to the agora (public places) (Acts 17:17) but the enemies of Christ also used the agora to oppose the gospel (Acts 16:19). Our present day agoras are schools, neighborhoods, universities, the workplace / business, political parties, civic organisations, restaurants, malls and all other places of public social events etc. Church is called to equip the saints to be effective ministers in the public square (Eph. 4:11-12). The word “ministry” meaning – to serve, to bring aid, relief and to attend to the needs of others, to wait on others (to be deacons of life). You have a revival in the city when ordinary saints possess a Holy Spirit infused kingdom passion to bring the gospel to the public square. I pray that the Spirit of God will empower us all to venture out into our various public spaces.

Robert Ntuli