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Transcript of Multigenerational Perspectives
Church (U.S.A) seeks: a new openness to the sovereign activity of God in the Church and in the world, to a more radical obedience to Christ, and to a more joyous celebration in worship and work; a new openness to see both the possibilities and perils of its institutional forms in order to ensure the faithfulness and usefulness of these forms to God’s activity in the world PMA Directional Goal With Young Adults F-1.04 GOAL-Inspire, equip and connect the church to: Engage and join with young adults in reforming the church for Christ's mission. Genesis 17:7 I will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants' God after you. COMMUNITY MISSION HOPE in CHRIST A Community of Faith, Hope, Love & Witness(F-1.03): Bonhoeffer on “Community” “The church really is ‘Christ existing as community.’ How they all become one and yet all remain themselves, how they are all in God and yet each is separate from God, how they are all in each other, and yet exist for themselves, how each has God entirely and alone in the merciful dual loneliness of seeing and serving truth and love, and yet is never lonely but always really lives only in the community—these are things it is no longer given us to imagine. We walk in faith. But we shall see not only God but God’s community too. We shall no longer merely believe in its love and faith, but see it.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Communion of Saints A Community of Faith, Hope, Love & Witness(F-1.03): “Community” “The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more everything else between us will recede, and the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is alive between us. We have one another only through Christ, but through Christ we really do have one another. We have one another completely and for all eternity.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together Community Building: Peck’s Four Stages Pseudocommunity Friendly, sociable
Avoid conflict & delving into issues and emotions, especially negative emotions. Chaos Negative emotions come to the surface. Venting, frustration, anger, annoyance and differences. Emptiness Authentic Community Things that prevent real communication are named—biases, prejudices, fears, power, control, and self-superiority.
Openness, trust, empathy begin to develop Understanding, listening, empathy.
Allows room for the dignity of differences and civil respectable debate
Conflicts are seen as an opportunity to understand and create positive change. Community Building Pseudo-community Chaos Community Emptiness Chaos Pseudo-community Emptiness Being in Community Discussion Questions: Christian Community How do you experience community in the church? Where might this understanding fit within Peck’s four stages of community? A Community of Hope (Paradoxy) Take away the security of organization as the primary preservation principle of Christian community, and we are left with hope: the hope of an organic, spiritual community that is yet to emerge. The Church is to be a community of hope, rejoicing in the sure and certain knowledge that, in Christ, God is making a new creation. This new creation is a new beginning for human life and for all things. The Church lives in the present on the strength of that promised new creation. (F-1.0301) A Community of Love Take away power and control as the binding force of Christian community, and we are left with love: the love of Christ experienced in common worship and fellowship. (Paradoxy) (F-1.0301) The Church is to be a community of love, where sin is forgiven, reconciliation is accomplished, and the dividing walls of hostility are torn down. A Community of Witness F-1.0301 “The Church is to be a community of witness, pointing beyond itself through word and work to the good news of God’s transforming grace in Christ Jesus its Lord.” A Lamentation of a Generation Jack Johnson's "Crying Shame" “The Mission of the Church”Foundations of Presbyterian Polity: Chapter One nFOG begins with & focuses on “God’s Mission” (F-1.01)
Missio Dei—God’s Self Sending into the World
Not the Church who sends, but God who sends the Church into the world
Church is called to participate in God’s mission for the transformation of creation & humanity.
Mission as a way of understanding God & ourselves. "God's Mission"
F-1.01 “The Gospel of Jesus Christ announces the nearness of God’s kingdom, bringing good news to all who are impoverished, sight to all who are blind, freedom to all who are oppressed, and proclaiming the Lord’s favor upon all creation.” (F-1.01) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19, NRSV) Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church (F-1.02)
Scriptures teaches us Christ’s will. Christ set above all rule & authority Christ Calls & Equips the Church Christ gives Church its Faith & Life, Unity & Mission, Order & Discipline. In Christ’s name, Church is sent to bear witness to the good news of Reconciliation.
Great Depression, WWII
Growth of federal government programs Young Adults who are outside the church think... 91% 87% 85% 72% 30% Christianity is "antihomosexual" Christians are "judgemental" churchgoers are "hypocritical" Christianity is "out of touch with reality" Christianity is "relevant to your life" Christ is the Church’s Hope (F-1.0204) “In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that He is its hope.” Remember, Reclaim and Remind
Paul Tillich’s & John Calvin’s Reminder
Living in the Joyous Reality of God’s Grace Continuity & Change As Church seeks reform & fresh direction, it looks to Christ who goes ahead of us & calls us to follow him (F-1.0401). Average PC(USA) Member Age (2010) 61 41% Christianity seems "genuine or real" How are we captive to seeing, being, and imagining our church? Discussion Question: The Church’s Calling: A Community of...
rejoices in the sure and certain knowledge that, in Christ, God is making a new creation. This new creation is a new beginning for human life and for all things. The Church lives in the present on the strength of that promised new creation.
sin is forgiven, reconciliation is accomplished, and the dividing walls of hostility are torn down. entrusts itself to God alone, even at the risk of losing its life. Faith Hope Love The Church seeks to "be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that [we] may discern what is the will of God" Romans 12:2 (F-1.0404) Butler Bass: How do I behave? Mission, Service, and Practicing the Faith Belong Behave Believe Dynamism for Young Adults Engaging With Faith Cultural Context: Values and Expectations: Frugality, adherence to rules, loyalty to employers, deep sense of sacrifice for the good of the organization Cultural Context: Values and Expectations: Civil rights, Vietnam War, birth control Independence and social consciousness; competitive, "workaholics" identities closely aligned to their professions Cultural Context: Values and Expectations: "Latchkey kids", doubled divorce rate, advent of personal computer, multiple recessions Education, transferable skill set, self management, pragmatism, cynicism (especially towards institutions) Cultural Context: Values and Expectations: Era of advancing technology, Internet-savvy at early age, increasing exposure to diversity, peer-like approach to parenting Well-rounded, optimistic, desire for coaching/feedback, need for increasing responsibility ?