Can you join us for our new class, “Missional Living,” starting October 12? I’m super excited about this.
The tendency is strong in church life to focus on smooth operations, functional programs and whether things are “working for me.” This fall we are turning our face toward the living God to encounter Him, to encounter the in-breaking power and beautiful presence of our Lord. It is a beautiful thing each week in our sermon series on “Encountering Jesus” to see how the Lord is meeting us.
We are also turning our face toward others who don’t know Christ, that they might encounter the living God.
William Temple, a mid-twentieth century Archbishop of Canterbury, once famously declared that “the Church is the only society on earth that exists for the benefit of non-members.” In a similar vein, our own diocese is called the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others. And, of course, the witness-bearing call extends down to the level of individual discipleship, as Jesus promises, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses . . ..”
Yes, this class applies to global and local realities, but it has direct application to how we live with our neighbors, co-workers, classmates, extended family, and friends.
Our new “Missional Living” class is going to be fantastic! Knowing Drew Smith and the material he has put together, I’m bummed that I can’t take it too (it’s during the second worship service). May God use us in this great city to help others encounter the living God!