At key points in his life on earth, he sought out the company of his disciples and friends. The Incarnate Son did not need human company, but he wanted it.
Tears aren’t necessarily a sign of a lack of faith, they are also a sign of empathy and care for a suffering world.
If Jesus could weep, then so can we.
Tertullian claimed: “It is our care of the helpless, our practice of loving kindness that brands us in the eyes of many of our opponents. ‘Only look,’ they say, ‘look how they love one another!'”
Paul and the other NT writers found their justification for mission across a broader range of Scriptures than many people do today. We should follow his example.
You cannot simply extract a couple of verses from one of the Gospels and build a whole edifice on them, those verses have to be read in their full context and ultimately this will lead us to the whole Bible.
The church’s mission is our participation (in the power of the Spirit) in the Father’s purpose to reconcile everything to himself through the death of the Son. We do this through making disciples by bearing witness to Jesus in word and deed.
Imitating God in our church life certainly involves being good, generous and truthful, but it means more than this; much more.
In 14 years of blogging, I’ve produced the odd resource that is of lasting value. This post highlights some of them.
Training in cross-cultural evangelism, language learning and what have you is important, but on their own these things won’t do.
Thoughts on love, lust and a positive vision for life, from the Sermon on the Mount.