So on Saturday I published a quote from Tom Wright’s ‘Acts for Everyone’ which included bit of a challenge – basically are we up for seeing the real thing? True transformation as people meet Jesus? Well that is certainly what I want to see.
At The Point, where I am Mission Pastor our vision statement reads:
Our Vision: To be a transforming presence throughout Mid Sussex…
Pioneering authentic communities
Becoming more like Jesus
Engaging with and serving the people around us
Demonstrating God’s love and compassion
Sharing the Good News of Jesus
So yes we fully take up the challenge, to see radical transformation as TW calls it. That’s more than a social action project, more than clearing a bit of rubbish or running a community cafe, it’s about people. About real people coming to know Jesus and in the process having their lives changed for good. But it’s also about us, about us actually demonstrating the love of God as we share the Gospel. That’s what our vision statement is all about, not just about out there, but about in here too. We need to continue to be transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus, to be continually renewed, continually changed and as we do we will be a witness to those around us.
Faith is not a private thing for me, it is not just personal, it is corporate and out there and all over me. Of course that means the stakes are higher, if people know you are a Christian you need to act like one! (that doesn’t mean we don’t make mistakes BTW) but we need to live out our faith in an obvious way. Personally I don’t believe you can do that quietly and by yourself, or just by going to church on a Sunday morning and nothing else.
So if we want to see radical transformation, we need to be radically transformed too…