• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

What’s our responsibility?

Sometimes when I’m reading along in a book, a quote just jumps off the page and really forces me to reflect at a deeper level.

That was the case with this quote I read the other day:

The responsibility of the church in the new age is the same as its responsibility in every age.  It is to testify that this world is lost in sin; that that the span of human life – no, all the length of human history – is an infinitesimal island in the awful depths of eternity; that there is a mysterious, holy, living God, creator of all, Upholder of all, infinitely beyond all; that he has revealed himself to us  through Jesus Christ the Lord; that there is no other salvation, for individuals or for nations, save this, but that this salvation is full and free, and that whoever possesses it has for himself and for all others to whom he may be the instrument of bringing it a treasure compared with which all the kingdoms of the earth – no, all the wonders of the starry heavens – are as the dust of the street.  An unpopular message it is – an impractical message, we are told.  But it is the message of the Christian church.  Neglect it, and you will have destruction; heed it, and you will have life.”

I had to ask myself again if my life and ministry are aligned with that singular purpose and responsibility. Then I asked myself if our lives and ministries together as a community reflect a singular commitment to this calling.  It certainly makes you sit back and reflect.

 

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