Archive for August, 2013

Everybody Can Play…Part 2

disciple greekIn the previous post, I mentioned agency. We are “agents” of Christ. This is a game changer for most of us.

Most of our activity and focus orbits around church. Moreover, that focus is usually limited to one day…Sunday. Put that together with the fact that,for most of us, church on Sunday only lasts an hour or two. Now we have a problem. How does “agency for Christ” work in such a limited space and time?

The short answer is, it doesn’t. The long answer requires a bit of thought, some new habits, and a massive paradigm shift. Brad Brisco, a missional writer and leader stated recently:

“We often wrongly assume that the primary activity of God is in the church. Instead, the primary activity of God is in the world, and the church is an instrument created by God to be sent into the world to participate in what he is already doing. This will change almost everything we think and do as the church.”

(Follow Brad Brisco on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/bbrisco/posts/10151600862827006)

Agency for Christ is going to have to involve turning the average “Christian life” inside out. Living out our faith and serving Christ does not involve “church as we know it.” Agency takes us where we are needed: in our neighborhoods, our jobs, our community activities and in “the world.” “Church as we know it” becomes a way station where we can seek some refreshment and reconnect with our community (of agents), take care of each other and gear up for the greater mission. .  As agents, churches don’t define us, they become a support resource for a much larger purpose which is our mission (ministry) of reconciliation. This can be a little scary, but I have found it to be liberating and highly fulfilling.

To find out more than this blog can ever tell you about the nitty gritty details of this “life of agency for Christ” check out this book and all the related web resources for it.

The book title is: Right Here, Right Now by Lance Ford and Alan Hirsh (mostly Lance. Sorry, Al). Go to the link below.

/http://www.righthererightnowbook.com/

 

 

 

 

Everybody Can Play

Everybody who follows Jesus has a mission and a destiny. Let’s break it down:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, ESV)

Agency

We are ambassadors. We get to act on Christ’s behalf, “God making His appeal through us.” We can think of ourselves as agents of reconciliation. We are never defending the faith. We are demonstrating it, living it and distributing it by showing God’s kind intentions in acts of reconciliation.

So, What Does This Look Like?

Imagine peace and restoration. Imagine  hospitality. Imagine gifting. Imagine acts of reconciliation and kindness. It looks like demonstrating God’s love rather than just talking about it. It looks like bending our imagination, assets and energy to work with God toward restoration and reconciliation. It looks like good news.

We all do this wherever we are and whenever the opportunity arises. We do it all week and everywhere.

We all do this; every one of us.

  • Every one of us is a practitioner (disciple)
  • Every one of us is a priest
  • Every one of us was re-made for this (Eph 2:10)
  • Every one of us…

Can Play