Piecing it all together: Joining in on God's mission.
This morning we're looking at how we join in with God's mission to His world, focussing on three areas: -
Cross cultural boundaries
Whilst it is true that few of us cross geographical boundaries to serve God, we need to understand that being mission-minded in BN44 also makes us cross boundaries of culture.
People outside the Church don't 'get' Christian faith; it isn't on their agenda at all. Even the words we use to explain the story of Jesus have to be modified to be intelligible.
If we are to reach the people in our communities we need to demonstrate and explain the Good News in ways that people can understand and appreciate; understanding their world and showing how the Gospel is relevant to it.
Living as one community: not 'them' and 'us'
Traditional evangelism has been focused around inviting 'them' to come to 'us', to where we are; and in doing so, 'they' become like 'us'.
However, Jesus calls everyone to come to Him. The Church is not the end, Jesus is. The Church is a means to that end. The Church's role then is to help others come to Jesus (as well as coming themselves).
It is a journey of 'us together' not 'we've made it come to where we are'. To do this, we welcome and involve everyone into the community of faith, regardless of where they are in their own journey towards Jesus.
Power of the story
As we listen to one another's stories we don't only share facts and dates, we share ourselves. When we tell our stories of life and faith we learn to interpret the works of God in the ordinariness of our everyday lives.
We learn to hear from one another the deepest desires of our hearts and we discover our place in God's world. There is a story behind everything, and His Story is behind them all. We will always tell stories and listen to others'.
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Bible reference: Luke 10:1-17
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