Friday, November 17, 2006

Church: a community of people called out by God, under His guidance, who are following Christ into his divine life and love here on earth. We can learn how to become by grace what Jesus Christ is by nature. This is all about the complete emptying of our self (surrender) in order that we may participate fully in God’s kingdom. We become a redemptive force through three broad movements that recreate all aspects of life and creation:

Go all ‘in’: the journey of inner transformation. Use of spiritual disciplines. Not becoming Christians, but ‘little Christ’s’, Christ-followers. "My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you..." (Galatians 4:19). It’s by going all ‘in’ that we find the spiritual power of Jesus to go all ‘out’: A humble spirit.

Go all ‘out’: this journey is loving people as Jesus would. Jesus said, “as the Father has sent me so I am sending you.” (John 20:21) We are learning to engage our world with mercy, love, and justice. This is often called ‘missional’.

Go all ‘together’: supporting one another through loving community and spurring one another on towards greater love and kindness. The weekly gathering of us as a family, and the smaller groupings where we share life together.


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