In this Story we find a man who had many issues. His issues caused him to be isolated. When Jesus comes across his path, Jesus delivers him from his issues and the man was made whole. He was no longer the "psycho-nut" job that he had become known as. The Bible tells after Jesus delivered him of his problems (about 2,000 of them), the man was in his right mind.
When the man asked Jesus if he could follow him, Jesus told him no. Instead he should go home and tell his family what Jesus had done for him.
This is our hope for everyone who becomes part of the 10 Towns community. We hope each person will have a real encounter with Jesus and share that with the people in their circle or on their block, prior to telling them about 10 Towns Church.
For those of us who have grown up in a church, we tend to invite others to church and not to Jesus. What if our friend is being prompted by the Spirit of God and instead of first sharing Jesus with our friend we invite him to church and he does not like the church? This friend may then begin to ignore the Spirit's calling because of his/her dislike for our church.
There are many local churches, all with different personalities and styles of gathering services. If we share Jesus with people and they come to Jesus and do not like our particular church personality or style, then we simply help them find a church community they do enjoy. All the while they are developing a relationship with Jesus, the head of the church.