A movement radicalised to love. Luke 5
We gather in buildings to remind and encourage each other and celebrate God together.
But this is simply an event. It is a moment. It isn’t the movement.
The movement is when we take what we are and what we are learning and what we know of who God is and we roll our sleeves up and get engaged in the community and the world around us.
A movement who take seriously what Jesus said. Matthew 22
When we choose to include and not exclude. When we act with compassion and not self-obsession. When we welcome and don’t reject. When we forgive and don’t take revenge.
That is the most challenging and difficult and beautiful and radical and revolutionary thing any of us can ever do.
A movement that walks with a limp. Luke 8
Society is full of people pretending - hiding behind masks, coming on strong and brave, living in a seemingly 'everything is ok' space. We all know this to be true because we have all done it and been there. But we also know, if we are honest with ourselves, that life isn't a breeze or a walk in a park.
Church is a place where we walk with the scars of life, but a place where we can walk together. Where all can find their feet.
A movement calling for justice. Isaiah 58
When we do this justice stuff it actually has the effect of bringing about our own transformation. It is in this activity that we encounter God. Not seeking some kind of holy fix through singing and being caught up in some ecstasy experience.
Church is a movement of people who choose to roll up their sleeves, who get active and engaged. It’s us working out how to follow Jesus, it’s us doing the things that Jesus taught us to do