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Psalm 144:4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.

Church (part 4) – Community Involvement Overview

The previous two posts have dissected both the diffferent aspects of commuter, community, consumer and contributor and opinion!

Today I am having a broad overview of the church-community relationship how that brings together the two previous posts in looking at the models all together.

It should be a lot shorter.

So, to begin with, lets look at the whole picture of church community involvement.

Models of Church Community Involvement

I would argue that all churches – i.e. all congregations of believers should be moving in the direction of the red / pink arrow.

Community church life is about exploring and journeying together with the aim being a deeper relationship with God.

I understand this in very simple terms, in my life and in the corporate life of the church as it acts through it’s many members, it breaks down to seeing and being.

Seeing:
Seeing the face of Christ in every other face we look at, in all the people that we meet and talk to. (That includes hearing the voice of Christ over the phone or reading the words of Christ in a text / email)

Being:
Being the hands of Christ to the people that we meet and interact with / talk to. (For hands read feet, shoulder, back, knees, anything; basically being Christ to others.)

If we dedicate our lives to the principles of Seeing Christ and Being Christ, we are not going to be going too far wrong.

I believe the Kingdom of God is not about big things its about small things – Jesus uses the example of the mustard seed. Something small, but once it grows, it’s pervasive and spreads relentlessly, and concrete and tarmac can’t stop it!

I think Rob Bell has some fantastic words that round off this concept, It’s a vision of ‘resurrection living’:

“Resurrection announces that God has not given up on the world
because this world matters
this world that we call home
dirt and blood and sweat and skin and light and water
this world that God is redeeming and restoring and renewing

greed and violence and abuse they are not right
and they cannot last
they belong to death and death does not belong

resurrection says that what we do with our lives matters
in this body
the one that we inhabit right now
every act of compassion matters
every work of art that celebrates the good and the true matters
every fair and honest act of business and trade
every kind word
they all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world
nothing will be forgotten
nothing will be wasted
it all has it’s place

everybody believes something
everybody believes somebody
Jesus invites us to trust resurrection
that every glimmer of good
every hint of hope
every impulse that elevates the soul
is a sign, a taste, a glimpse
of how things actually are
and how things will ultimately be
resurrection affirms this life and the next
as a seamless reality
embraced
graced
and saved by God”

(Rob Bell)

And Lastly, a concrete take-home – the summary of the commandmentss as Jesus says in Mark 12:28-34:

Love God
Love People

“The most important {commandment},” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

So, in community, in contribution, my encouragement on top of what has already been said is this.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)

Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)

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One response to “Church (part 4) – Community Involvement Overview

  1. Pingback: Church (part 1) – Prologue « [un]conscious-stream[ing]

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