This is part three of a three part series leading up to the next “INTERSECTION” service on 7th October. These three blogs will be related to this month’s topic which is called “Is their god my God?: Being a Christian in a multi-faith world.” For more information on Intersection, visit the Shore Vineyards website here
In our church movement, Vineyard, we spend a little bit of time talking about bounded sets vs. centred sets in regards to evangelism. In talking like this, we find ourselves often saying that we are a place where you can “belong before you believe.” It’s all well and good, but not everyone gets what this is about.
So let me put it this way.
Jesus did not come to establish an “in” group, that, in becoming so, banishes others to an “out” group.
No. Jesus wanted to create a “come-on-in” group.
This group is not about being superior.It is not about conquering. It is not about harassing, and it is not about putting others down or belittling them.
THIS group is about saving, giving, blessing, redeeming, respecting, befriending, embracing and LOVING.
with Jesus at the centre there is no “in” and “out”, but rather a community of people inviting others in and walking alongside each other as they grow in the ways of Jesus’ kingdom and move to the rhythms of His grace.
Beautiful picture isn’t it?
Theoretically yes. But I ask you this – What does it look like for you to walk that walk alongside your muslim friend, your hindu friend, your buddhist friend and your atheist friend?
There is no fixed answer to that, But I guarantee the journey towards an answer is a good one.