Presentation on theme: "Fishing nets or safety nets. Ephesians 1: 8 – 10 With all wisdom and insight, God has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good."— Presentation transcript:
Ephesians 1: 8 – 10 With all wisdom and insight, God has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1: 11 – 12 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. Ephesians 2: 11 – 12... remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called the uncircumcision by those who are called the circumcision... that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2: 14 – 16 Christ is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall... between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross. Ephesians 2: 17 – 18 Jesus came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Christianity Rediscovered: An Epistle from the Masai (1978) Vincent Donovan
In working with young people... do not try to call them back to where they were, and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place might seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have ever been before. Christianity Rediscovered: An Epistle from the Masai (1978)
This is not only Good missionary advice, a beautiful description of the unpredictable process of evangelization, a process leading to that new place where none of us has ever been before. Christianity Rediscovered (1982) Vincent Donovan
What we have to learn... is not that the church has a mission, but the very reverse: that the mission of Christ creates its own church. Mission does not come from the church; it is from mission and in the light of mission that the church has to be understood. Jürgen Moltmann The Church in the Power of the Spirit (1977), p.10.
2007 Tear Fund survey of 7000 adults in contact or not with church
this majority (66%) presents a major this majority (66%) presents a major challenge to churches. Most of them are unreceptive and closed to attending church; churchgoing is simply not on their agenda. simply not on their agenda.
Ends of the Earth Samaria Judea Half the picture Jerusalem
The ends of the earth Samaria The eccentric effects… Judea The centre and the Acts story shift Samaria is not a return ticket story moves from a focus on Peter to Paul the Church goes west church is done differently among Gentiles
Dying to live I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12; 23-6
TOGETHER TO GODS FUTURE …do not try to call them back to where they were, and do not try to call them to where you are, beautiful as that place may seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have been before. Vincent Donovan
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust