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Wesley Nails The Missional Stuff

I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God’s creational intentions.
John Wesley

I read this quote of John Wesley last night and I love it. It expresses my heart & vision in such a simple, holistically rounded and theologically rooted way. He sounds like a postmodern missiological church planter, but of the rooted kind.

What does all this mean for us? In brief: If we’re to see the fresh expressions of community which we need in order to engage our people and to speak to today’s society we need to start with a renewed vision of Jesus, for him to fill our hearts in a new way. There’s no other foundation, no other cornerstone, no other starting point. Both mission and community are born from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, not our mere intentions or man-made idea-buck-upping.

As we look at new expressions of community and new mission outings and opportunities let’s make sure we don’t stifle the move of the Holy Spirit with the inflexible wineskins of our own agendas, of our own efforts. Let’s be ready to drop it all as He leads, valuing the direction of his Spirit over every other safety and comfort.

The strapline of this blog is “Where are we going? Who cares; let’s go”. I didn’t mean it to covey directional ambiguity, although that is inevitable sometimes, I meant that to convey adventure and the unity of heart I’ve found with guys as we’ve started to explore an unknown future, led by a known Holy Spirit.

Booyah.

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The Dangers of Becoming Rich – Quote

quote-markAt the start of a community, God’s action can often be felt very tangibly – in the gift of a house or money, the arrival of the right person at the right time, or other external signs. Because of its poverty, the community is completely dependant on Him. It calls and He responds. It is faithful in prayer. It lives in insecurity, it welcomes whoever knocks on the door, it shares what it has with the poor, and tries to take all its decisions in the light of God. In these early days, it is often misunderstood by society. People judge it as utopian or quite simply crazy; to a degree, it is persecuted.

Then with time, people see that this crazy project is working; they discover its values and its radiance. The community is no longer persecuted; it is admired and becomes renowned. It has friends which meet its needs. Gradually, it becomes rich. It begins to make judgements. It becomes powerful.

Then there is danger. The community is no longer poor and humble; it is self-satisfied. It no longer turns to God as it did before; it no longer begs His help. Strong in its own experience, it knows how to go about things. It no longer takes decisions in the light of God; prayer becomes tepid. It closes its doors to the poor and to the living God. It becomes proud. It needs to be jolted and to go through some serious trials if it is to refind its child-like quality and its dependence on God.

From ‘Community and Growth‘ by Jean Vanier, fast becoming one of my favourite books.