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Good works and powerful mission

by on May 7, 2014

“You are the light of the world…Let your light shine among men so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”  (Mat. 5:14-16)

This teaching of Jesus has really set our bearings for effective mission here in Canterbury. God has put us here as a light for this little patch of the world (the ‘you’s’ are all plural). That light is supposed to be like a beacon on a hill, guiding and drawing people to its brightness.

The light shines in good works. That’s where Jesus says mission starts. Loving our neighbours and neighbourhood. Works of mercy. Serving and encouraging the local community.

So we lead with good works.

Jesus promises here that as we do that, people will get drawn to the light and that’s the time for them to learn about our Father in heaven. The promise is that when people are drawn by good works, they will be receptive and open to embrace the gospel and give themselves to God our Father in worship.

We’re relying pretty hard on that promise. If Jesus doesn’t come through for us on this good works thing, we’re stuffed.

So we don’t bother much with word ministry apart from good works. No promises from Jesus about that sort of ministry.

And the only place we can shine and do good works as the people of God, is in Canterbury: coz that’s where we are. So Jesus has taught us to focus on local ministry.

So that’s how we got our bearings for mission in Canterbury. Good works in the name of Jesus, like a light on a hill, drawing people in to hear about our God and learn to love and worship him through Christ.

That’s what we do.

What do you reckon? Is it going to work?

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