Monday, 8 April 2013
Quote from Edmund Chan’s “Mentoring Paradigms.”
In the Church today, we tend to see the Great Commission as a mission and this mission as an end in itself. But God’s true end for us is a transformed life in Christ! That’s the purpose we have to embrace! To be conformed to the image of God’s Son. And the Great Commission is the means to redeem a lost world to accomplish that end.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
A summary from David Kinnaman’s “You Lost Me” of why young adults (18-30) are leaving the church.
- Overprotective – How can the church make space for imaginative risk taking & creative self-expression?
- Shallow – How can the church nurture a deep holistic faith in Christ that encompasses every area of life?
- Antiscience – How can the Christian community help the next generation interact with science positively and prophetically?
- Repressive – How can the church contextualize its approach to sexuality & culture within a broader version of restored relationships?
- Exclusive – How can the Christian community link the singular nature of Christ with the radical ways in which he pursued and included outsiders?
- Doubtless – How can the Christian community help this generation face their doubts squarely & integrate their questions into a robust life of faith?
Monday, 1 April 2013
Missions Research Consultation (notes by Andrea Roldan)
I. Reflecting the Trinity in our discipleship
- What do we mean by “urgent evangelization”?
- Discipleship that imparts “kingdom values upon society as a whole” (Hwa Yung)
- Discipleship that images God across the whole of life: word, deed and character
- “The doctrine of the Trinity enables us to keep the right proportion in our faith”
II. Reflecting the Trinity in Building community
- Pursuing Partnership and Unity – seeking to maintain gospel integrity and seeking to achieve unity are not mutually exclusive goals
- Building Reconciled Communities – modeling the gospel of reconciliation in our congregations, “the sociologically impossible… is theologically possible…” (Bosch)
III. Reflecting the Trinity through the Marks of the Church
- One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church = unifying, sanctifying, reconciling and proclaiming
- ‘Attributes’ rather than ‘marks’
- What about love?
There is an urgent need for growth with depth in the formation of disciples who in their Asian contexts are equipped to work out a Kingdom identity and to think holistically about what it means to bring the “good news of Christ’s unfathomable wealth” to societies and cultures here in East Asia. And this of course must be done with all the creativity and contextual awareness that we can muster.