The Test of a Missional Church
This next paragraph by Lesslie Newbigin, though short and concise is deep, rich and worth considerable reflection – especially for those of us who live in the West. It first appeared in an article, "Evangelism in the City," written in 1987 for the Reformed Review. I am taking this from Lesslie Newbigin – Missionary Theologian.
"How can this strange story of God made flesh, of a crucified Savior, of resurrection and new creation become credible for those whose entire mental training has conditioned them to believe that the real world is the world which can be satisfactorily explained and managed without the hypothesis of God? I know of only one clue to the answering of that question, only one real hermeneutic of the gospel: a congregation which believes it." – Lesslie Newbigin
A congregation that is growing in grace and is learning to embody the ministry of reconciliation, walk with God, follow the way of Jesus, become peacemakers, fight for justice, immerse themselves in God’s story, who find healing and wholeness in community and are shaped the the sacred text is the kind of community that believes!