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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rick Chromey on why the church has to go out into the world (eg. Through environmental work)

"The church was meant to be missional. Like a mighty ship, the bride of Christ wasn't created for the harbour, but the open water...Somehow we've convinced ourselves that if we provide a safe, comfortable, and even entertaining place for people to come, they will.
But they're not coming. In fact, they're leaving. The fastest growing segment in Christianity is the "formerley churched" - individuals who have grown tired of a faith framed by buildings, schedules, and programs. In a 24/7/365 world, people won't settle for a 2/1/52 faith. The churches that figure out how to sling this stone [going out into the world like David against Goliath] into its community and culture will knock down false perceptions and priorities."

Rick Chromey in Energising Children's Ministry

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+