• 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!

community: part 2 of 3

In an earlier post, Bill (WT Canada) had written about his trip to Cameroon and sharing on the theme of community.  In this post, he challenges our thinking further on this issue of community:

“Matthew 4:16-17 says; “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” The truth is we were all living in darkness without the Gospel.

The thing about the Gospel and community is that we are invited into something larger than ourselves, something that includes other people, different than us. Light does not dissolve what is in the darkness, it exposes it, it highlights it, it reveals what is there. We once lived our lives in the darkness without Jesus, in black and white, failing to see clearly we fumbled around bumping into things and others in conflict. The Gospel gives light and reveals others to us. The community to which we are called includes others, different than ourselves that compliment, challenge and encourage us. We have moved from darkness, black and white to living colour – diversity, difference, acceptance – all through the cross.community three people

It is through the cross that we are called into this new community of light and living colour. The world is full of hurting and lost people fumbling around in the dark. The invitation is to come to the cross, to be revealed, to be healed, forgiven and accepted into this new community of living colour where we see clearly. When we repent of ourselves and our sin we can boldly come to the cross and find acceptance in this new community of the redeemed. This is the message we carry as workers. This is the hope that we find in Scripture. Jesus came, as a great light shining on those who were already dead with the invitation to come to the light, to find new life in Him.

The community Jesus calls us to finds expression in different levels. Each is called to uphold, support, encourage and challenge one another. Our World Team family is like that. Leaders, workers, board members, support staff, donors, prayer warriors. All are part of that connecting chain that holds the whole community together focused on the light, Jesus, the cross.”

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