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Asking Deeper Questions

The third Lausanne conference is about once again asking deeper questions of how we will work together to see the church established around the world.  The theme verse describes this vision: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”  (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).  However, the desire is not simply to go deeper in discussion of theological and missiological issues, but to share deeply with one another as brothers and sisters in the global Church so as to better partner together.

To this end, the entire conference delegation (4500 participants) has been broken down into small table groups of six people.  I am one of the many table group facilitators.  Today during the training that was provided, we walked through the questions each table group member will consider as they share a part of their story with the rest of us. Certain questions are straightforward such as telling us your name or something about your country and your work.  But then the focus changes with subsequent questions:

  1. What is one hope for your experience at Cape Town 2010 this week?
  2. What is one strength (natural ability or gift) God has given you?
  3. What is one limit, weakness or hardship that is in your life?
  4. What is one prayer request you have for this week?

As we “practiced” sharing our stories in response to these questions with other table group leaders, I realized my (our) great need for God’s grace again today.  How can one demonstrate such vulnerability if he/she is not secure in who he/she is in Christ?  And isn’t that the thrust of that beginning chapter of Ephesians? 

What a day.  I am amazed by the people I have already met and their stories.  May our relationships be characterized by deep missiological reflection together, but also by deep sharing of our stories with each other.

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