• 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!

A season of renewal

Some of us have already begun talking about the Christmas season!  That season of the year when our hearts turn to thinking in particular about the birth of our Lord and Savior; a time when individually and collectively as a community of believers we reflect on the deep meaning of the incarnation.renewal

However, that ‘time of renewal’ should not be limited to just one season of the year, and particularly for us a movement of workers committed to seeing disciples and new communities of believers raised up and multiplied.

Read the quote below from Tim K and his book, Center Church, and simply replace the word ‘church’ by World Team.  Then reflect on what it might mean for us as an agency, as a movement of committed workers to Christ:

A practical key to maintaining an organized organism is experiencing a season of renewal in the church or organization that parallels the way an individual person is spiritually renewed.  There must be times for what the Bible calls “covenant renewal.” Israel was brought into its original covenant relationship with God at Mount Sinai in Exodus 19-20, and the nation was formed as God’s people and called to live in a particular way in the world.  Whenever Israel faced a major new chapter in their journey, however, they were led through a season of covenant renewal – in Joshua 24, before they entered the promised land; in 1 Samuel12, before they received a king; and in Nehemiah 8-9, as they returned from the Babylonian exile.  These times of covenant renewal always had three parts: (1) the people returned to biblical texts in order to remember the things God had called them to do and be; (2) they looked forward to the next chapter; to the new challenges facing them; and (3) they rededicated their lives and resources to God for the next stage of the journey.  This renewal must happened frequently in any church for it to remain an organized organism.  It also prepares the church to be an active and generous participant in the movement dynamics in its city.”

2 Responses

  1. As an organisation World Team needs regular renewal even as individually we need regular renewal. When we neglect this we lose our cutting edge and become less effective and complacent. Being too busy is a sign of needing renewal. May God in his grace discipline us and restore us to freshness. May He make us lie down in green pastures and restore our souls. Psalm 23

    • That’s what struck me in Tim’s comment. And a similar one you can find in Richard L’s book, The Dynamics of Spiritual Life. Busyness is a sign for many things, one of which is our belief that that world depends on us. Which is why we need renewal so much, to be reminded that God is in charge of everything, not us.

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