by Herman Groenewald
I have been following some of the Lausanne Movements’ (Connecting influencers and ideas for global mission) writings end excerpts from their group meetings and discussions.
I cannot help but pass this on for others to read and to follow the work of this forum for World Evangelization.
It is incumbent for us as part of God’s Church in the world to further the Gospel Message and to be aware of what God is doing in His World.
Often we become short sighted and focus on our own immediate world or circle of friends and family and forget about the fact that we are part of the greater family of God and his work.
Our task is our part in God’s Mission in the world.
I have extracted some of the notes from the Lausanne Movement that gives focus’ and attention to World Evangelization.
~ Herman Groenewald
Reconciliation as the Mission of God
“A New Vision, a New Heart, a Renewed Call”
“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:27-28
Our Common Call
Reconciliation is God’s initiative. The Church is called to be a living sign of the one body of Christ. Reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel and the church’s life and mission, and is integral to evangelism and justice. Reconciliation is a deep and costly process, and requires humility, forgiveness, courage and patience. We need to be committed to pursuing God’s reconciling mission in a world of broken relationships and destructive conflicts.
- Pray for one another and for the Church;
- Practice confession and forgiveness in our personal lives, seeking healing;
- Stay in touch and gather to tell our stories, discern, help each other, learn about and lament destructive divisions and conflicts, and seek and celebrate signs of hope;
- The Lausanne Movement wishes to establish a network to forward relationship and partnership. and invite Christians across the world to join the Lausanne Movement Forum for World Evangelization
- Advocate and speak prophetically for justice and reconciliation, including engaging church, civic, and political leaders, without compromising our biblical convictions;
- Contribute and share resources;
- Research, publish, communicate, and disseminate;
- Work humbly together as servants to seek the church’s renewal and to help mobilize the global Christian community to be partners in God’s reconciling mission.
Internet link for more information about the Lausanne Movement: https://lausanne.org/content/lop/lop-51-reconciliation-as-the-mission-of-god