Lately, Felicity has been writing about both community and mission from the perspective of simple or organic church, and this article falls within that context.
Her three “thoughts” are all very good, but I want to focus on the third “thought”:
Both community and mission should result from listening to Jesus and doing what he says. Jesus lived in community with his disciples–they shared the ups and downs of everyday life together. Â But Jesus was compelled by love–the heart of the Godhead–to reach out to the world.
When I read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, I can’t help but notice exactly what Felicity points out. Jesus demonstrated both community and mission, and he taught the importance of both mission and community.
When we look at our lives, we should see both community and mission. If not, then we are either not listening to what Jesus says, or we are not living what Jesus taught.