Christ in the City 2017
Blessed are the Peacemakers: Dualities in the Christian Faith
In the letter to the Colossians, Paul writes "Christ himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together." What would it look like for Christians to trust that all things hold together in Christ Jesus? Heaven and earth, wealth and poverty, church and state, man and woman; these aspects of life and faith are constantly being pulled apart, but Christians are called to live into these dualities in a different way; to follow Jesus' words from the sermon on the mount, "Blessed are the peacemakers." So this summer, we will take a look at how Christians can make peace with these dualities and in so doing be the “sign, instrument and foretaste” that Lesslie Newbigin urges the church to be. He writes, "The church is the bearer to all the nations of a gospel that announces the kingdom, the reign, and the sovereignty of God. It calls men and women to repent of their false loyalty to other powers, to become believers in the one true sovereignty, and so to become corporately a sign, instrument, and foretaste of that sovereignty of the one true and living God over all nature, all nations, and all human lives. It is not meant to call men and women out of the world into a safe religious enclave but to call them out in order to send them back as agents of God’s kingship.
Join us as we are led to think, discuss and explore how all things truly hold together in Christ Jesus as a witness to a watching and dividing world.