Message: “A New Perspective on Participation” from Grant Myles-Era


Grant Myles-Era - July 29, 2018

Community as a Revolutionary Act


Throughout history, people have used Jesus and his teachings to support all kinds of radical movements and revolutions; political, religious and spiritual. This has usually resulted in some group of human beings being exploited or having violence done to them. Jesus and his kingdom are most certainly revolutionary! His revolution, however, is quite unlike any human movement towards change. HIs purposes are true and the transformation that he brings is thorough, lasting and inclusive. He calls all people to align themselves with his radical purposes in the world and to be willing to accept the negative outcomes that are sure to come to those who follow him. We at NewSong are called to be All In with the revolution of truth, love, and action that Jesus brings into our lives and communities.

From Series: "ALL In"

In the song Eleanor Rigby, the Beatles asked, “...all the lonely people, where do they all belong?” Their lyrics portray the “church” as providing no real solutions to the isolation and loneliness that so many people experience in the modern world. They may have a point. Some of the loneliest people sit in church pews week after week without ever finding the sense of belonging that they long for. How can this be, when the Christian faith calls human beings into the deepest experiences of community living? This summer at NewSong we'll be exploring the rich tradition of community life that is at the very heart of faith in Jesus. We'll also be hearing from some leaders from various types of community in our neighborhoods. Even more importantly we'll be spending time together, and seeking to ensure that there is no one left in isolation within our sphere of influence. From the beginning... Genesis 2:18, "Then the Lord God said, 'It’s not good that the human is alone…’ to the new beginning… ” Rev. 7:9 "After this I looked, and there was a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language.” All in!

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