Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. – John 4:34
With Jesus as our example, the heart desire of every believer should be to seek God’s will and to then make diligent effort to bring it to pass.
Just like every Christian throughout history, each of us has a local church experience. Our lives as believers are lived out in fellowship with those of like faith. God has called us and declared that we be sent as light in a dark world, salt for a creation in dire need of preservation.
Darrell L. Guider, in his book Missional Church, describes this work in his discussion of missional community, a group of believers committed to fulfilling God’s purpose for His church. I will quote him as a launching point for my presentation as follows:
The purpose of missional communities is to be a source of radical hope, to witness to the new identity and vision, the new way of life that has become a social reality in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. […] As sign, foretaste, agent and instrument of God’s reconciling love and forgiveness, the church makes Jesus Christ visible in the world.
– Darrell L. Guider, Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America
And so the journey begins. It is my hope that what is presented here will move myself and those who God brings here to seek His will and then, through His strength, work toward the end that He directs us to.
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