The Holy Spirit: Alive and Active Through Jesus’ Disciples

Michael Frost, in his book, Exiles writes,

“The Christian movement must be the living, breathing promise to society that it is possible to live out the values of Christ – that is, to be a radical, troubling alternative to the power imbalances in the empire.  In a world of greed and consumerism, the church ought to be a community of generosity and selflessness.  … We are to promise our host empire that the keys to the life abundant rest with us. Christ has delivered them to us. He has fashioned us into a people who belong to God” (‘Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God’ [1 Peter 2:10]). I’ve heard it said that the best way to critique the old is to fashion the new.  What is needed is a community of believers who will fashion a new way of expressing their Christlikeness, a way of grace, mercy, forgiveness, and service.  Said Lesslie Newbigin, ‘The only hermeneutic of the gospel is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it.’ This is our most dangerous promise, that the power of the Holy Spirit in our midst changes us, shapes us, remakes us as a collective of companions who share the bread of Christ among ourselves and beyond ourselves with others.”  (pages 15-17)

 

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