The Mission and the Message of the Church do not change over time, or from culture to culture. What does need to be open to change, however, is the method which we seek to communicate and share Jesus’ Message as we are on His Mission in an ever-changing world. The Great Commission must take priority…
God has designed, gifted, and called His Church to be diverse and unified.
1 Corinthians 13 is widely known as the chapter of love. In this chapter, Paul calls the young church in Corinth, which is divided and struggling, to love one another. This involves and entails putting others first, and being more concerned about them than we are about ourselves. This involves loving like Christ has first loved us, self-lessly and sacrificially serving one another.
God has uniquely created, gifted, and called His people, not merely to be beneficiaries of His Kingdom, but to be actively engaged participants in His Church. The question is not if you’re called to serve, but where and how.
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
– 1 Corinthians 15:14
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
– Zechariah 9:9
Taking the church beyond the walls
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
– 1 Peter 4:10
It may be that you yourself are not luminous, but you are a conductor of light…
– Sherlock Homes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
– 1 Corinthians 15:3-4