Fourth Sunday of the Month
8 am in Room 220
Join us as we focus on cooperate confession and a time for a cooperate invitation
for the Holy Spirit to penetrate our church.
Confession and Invitation
The message of Jesus has spread around the world, and yet, the gospel of the kingdom has yet to reach everyone, everywhere. While the Western mission enterprise has played a significant role in the more recent spread of the gospel, changes in its assumptions and practices are long overdue and absolutely necessary.
With humility and an attitude of sincere repentance, we acknowledge the need to shift from aggressive, consumerist, and even denigrating language, assumptions, and actions that have become norms in the life and mission of the Western church. We know that to participate in the coming kingdom of God, we must be continually transformed in our words and actions. To this end, we confess our need for deep change and invite, even plead, for others to join us.
We resolve to choose …
▪ ︎Identity and practice based in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, over uncritical adoption of modern techniques and programs;
▪ ︎Ministry rooted in Scripture and the dynamics of authentic relationships, rather than strategies developed from the logic of efficiency and effectiveness;
▪ ︎Discipleship focused on depth of character and Christ-like practices, rather than a fixation on activities and methods;
▪ ︎Belief that each person regardless of ethnic, national, or cultural origin is an image-bearer of God with different and needed gifts within the body of Christ, instead of mere means for some predetermined end;
▪ ︎Power that comes from waiting on the Holy Spirit and servanthood, rather than through the forces of money, organization, and political alignments;
▪ ︎Influence based on a commitment to people and their context, rather than financial ties or control and domination;
▪ ︎Passion that translates into long-term relationships and sustained prayer, over seasonal, short-term endeavors and trips;
▪ ︎Projects based on collective decision-making, over unbalanced financial relationships, power boundaries, and unilateral actions;
▪ ︎Partnerships that allow a seat at the table for every partner and yields the microphone to each voice, rather than meetings convened solely on our terms, agendas, and timelines;
▪ ︎Love characterized by sacrifice and suffering alongside others, rather than protection of our rights in the name of doctrine, standards, and national interests; and
▪ ︎The Reign of God that touches every corner of life and society, rather than a religion that is narrow in scope and individualistic in its concerns.
We hope and pray that as these changes mark the people of God, the Spirit will ignite witness and Jesus Christ will be known, loved, and worshiped.
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