I have mentioned in the past of my love for history. I especially like the movies of WWII. Some of my favorites are: 20 Seconds over Tokyo, The Longest Day, U-571, The Great Escape, Behind Enemy Lines to name a few.
In many of the movies you often see the officers meeting with key enlisted men, this meeting is called “the briefing.” The purpose of the briefing was to clarify objectives, strategies, and answer any question. Anything that would guarantee the success of the mission was discussed and considered.
About now you are probably asking yourself; “What has that to do with me?” Glad you asked! In our Wednesday evening service at Church, our pastor asked the question, “Why do you come to church?” Good question and if we were totally honest, we would have a variety of responses. I am sure many of the reasons are valid but what does God Word say?
But in my opinion, the primary reason is found in Ephesians 4:11-12; “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the[a]saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;” Pastors and church leaders have a responsibility to teach/train the church (people) how to be effective in sharing the Gospel with others through the week. I like to think of Sunday morning as a briefing in preparing the church to encounter their world; Monday-Saturday. EVERY Christ-follower are called to be a minister to their circle of influence.
In the movies, after the mission, the soldiers would have another meeting. This meeting was called the debriefing: a meeting to inform others how the mission fared. They would celebrate their victories and learn from their mistakes.
- Sunday meeting – briefing. Planning how to encounter their world with the Gospel
- Wednesday meeting. is the debriefing; testimonies telling of their ministry to others.