I think we believe “marketplace ministry” is a new concept produced by contemporary Christianity. Dozens of articles from Christian leaders and publications all herald the modern movement of the church to take the gospel into the workplace. Charisma Magazine even stated outright that marketplace ministry has only been possible within the last few years because of the emergence of the prophets in the 80’s and the apostles in the 90’s. Well, if we’re discovering Biblical truth about the restoration of those two gifts, don’t you think we should be looking for Biblical truth concerning marketplace ministry??
Somehow we missed an important point of the Christmas story; Jesus was born in the marketplace! He wasn’t born in the Temple, or in some synagogue. When it was time for Christ to show up, He came in a manger. He embodied The Church, and The Church was birthed in an unexpected place! He showed up where He was needed most, in a manner that connected with those who surrounded Him. Practical. Applicable. Real life.
The Angelic Host even appeared to a bunch of shepherds working third shift on the hillsides surrounding Bethlehem. These guys were common laborers, not even respected very highly amongst the villagers and religious leaders. Yet, when it was time for the world to know that God’s Kingdom had come to earth, the Angels told it in the marketplace to someone’s employees. Nothing abstract or mystic, but a real answer for real life.
When the Wise Men brought treasures to bestow on the new King, they found him in a house, not in a religious building or a palace. There, living amongst neighbors in a small community, they found the Christ child. The wealth of the world systems came to The Church because it was impacting and invading the community.
So do we need study courses, seminars, and conferences to convince us that we are meant to invade the marketplace? Nope! Just the Christmas story understood in a whole new light!