But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. - 1 Peter 2.9
No matter how we look at it, if we, followers of Jesus, are to take the scriptures seriously, we must also take seriously its continued exhortation of all our calling: To live in and to live out the restorative love of God in this broken world.
Throughout the scriptures, we are consistently reminded that we are royal priests, a holy nation, children of God (1Jn. 3.1), salt and light (Mt. 5.13-16), hands and feet (1Cor. 12.27), treasures in jars of clay (2Cor. 4.7-9). Basically, being a disciple of Jesus changes us, or is supposed to, from being anything but ordinary. His love, which, in discipleship, becomes for us a catalytic force, transform who were are and what we do. Together, through the empowering of his Spirit, we can each learn to live in the rhythm of his grace, to be conduits of his kingdom. This is the good news. This is the great invitation.
But how can we do it, consistently, together?
That is the question and that is what we'll be exploring this Sunday in the conclusion of our series, Missio Dei: Living in the Story. And we'd love to have you join us.