random thoughts and things from all saints youth cell groups

Friday, December 09, 2005

'What part of 'Go' did you not understand?'

On Monday when we looked at Jesus call to 'go into all the world to make disciples and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you', made me realise how wrong the Church has got it. How often have we expected people to "Come", instead of us going? Well that just won't do according to Jesus.

Like we were saying yesterday, this is not a matter of saying "We've all got to go and talk about Jesus all the time to our friends and convert them". You've heard all that before, and it hasn't inspired you, has made you cringe, and isn't really what Jesus told us to do anyway. It's about catching the vision of God's Kingdom, God's plan to redeem and renew the whole created order through Jesus' life death and resurrection, and getting involved! Yes, of course conversion has a massive place in that, but just getting people to heaven when they die is not what Jesus was on about. So if you are hugely concerned about global warming, that is not a less spiritual activity, than thinking that you'd like to explore your Bible teaching gifts. God needs people in EVERY sphere of life (sound familiar? 'Go into all the world'..) to be his hands and feet and to bring his Kingdom there. As a cell, we're a community in mission together. What parts of our community can we engage with? What needs can we see in our community that we can try and meet in the power of the Spirit, to the glory of Jesus? That's the way God did mission. He got skin, and walked, and lived and worked in a particular community of people and brought hope and good news to it, not by throwing Bibles or gospel tracts at people from outside, but got stuck in and made a difference. That's what Christmas is all about!

Lets together keep thinking and praying about what living all of this out could look like for us for our cell, and for our church.


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