You should all be aware of two events that will be taking place at some of our local Universities and Colleges in the very near future. If you can, be there! They both prove to be great events:
At The ConneXion we value conversation about all of the many amazing, challenging, perplexing, and strange elements of the life we have been given to live by God. Because we value conversation so highly, we want to make sure that all are given a chance to engage and think about those elements to life that are of particular relevance to them. With that in mind, if you have a particular idea for a teaching focus that you would like to see in our services, please either submit a comment here or send me an email. Thanks!
I am currently reading through a book called “Worship and Misson After Christendom” by Alan Kreider and Eleanor Kreider. The book is full of some good nuggets of wisdom regarding the nature of Christian worship and mission. Today I was reading the chapter titled “worship forms mission” and I was struck by this paragraph:
“As the churches of the early centuries demonstrated, it is not necassary to be visible or to have outsiders present to be missional. Indeed, at times the church may grow most rapidly at times when its meetings are proscribed and outsiders cannot attend them. Such was the case in Ethiopia during the dictatorial rule of the Derg in the 1980s. But in any case, the church does not worship for the sake of the outsiders; worship is what the believers offer to God. And true worship offered to God has a characteristic by-product: it results in a people who are distinctive because their lives are shaped by the One to whom they have ascribed worth. The people’s worship attunes them to God’s character, and it aligns them with God’s purposes as participants in God’s mission.” – p. 144, emphasis mine.