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Imagine an immense community of people who are bent on receiving and entering the kingdom of the Father, who are being conformed to the image of the Son, and who bear witness to the Spirit’s work in the world.[1]  This is the fruit of the “with-God life;” it is the joy of Christian discipleship that is “a long obedience the same direction.”[2]  It is our great hope that, by God’s grace, as we live this way we become “children of light” (Ephesians 5:8) who “shine like stars in the world” (Philippians 2:15) and whose very lives are a sign and foretaste of God’s kingdom come, which is the place “where righteousness is at home” (2 Peter 3:13).  In short, we hope to be a people who live deep and love wide because we are living the “with-God life.” [3]

In pursuit of this high call, we recognize that everybody needs “somewhere to belong.”  That’s why we offer and promote Life Groups of all shapes and sized and styles.  In these groups we learn to care and share and, laugh and cry, confide and confess, encourage and challenge, serve and be served.  In these places we learn to love like Jesus.

We also recognize that everyone needs “someone to believe in.”  That is, in fact, the content of our faith centered in Christ.  Our faith includes knowledge of God’s Word, God’s will and God’s ways.  It also entails a sure trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, Teacher and Friend.   And by it we find a deep assurance by God’s Holy Spirit that, though this world shakes, we stand together in God’s unshakeable kingdom.  Here we learn to think like Jesus.

Finally, we recognize that everyone longs for “something worthwhile to do.”  As we live into God’s great redemption story for us and for the whole world, we find that everyone has a part to play.  Don’t miss your cue: “the place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”[4]  So find your life-song and let your heart sing.  This is where we learn to serve like Jesus.

In thelinks to the right, we hope you’ll find opportunity to join the glorious mess that is Christ Memorial Reformed Church seeking to live into this great vision of life to the full.  We’d love to have you join us.

  

[1] Leslie Newbigin, The Open Secret (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995), p. 30-65.

[2] Eugene Peterson has written an excellent book on the Psalm of Ascent.  This quote is the title of his book.      

[3] This specific phrasing of the “with-God life” comes from Richard Foster, Connecting with God (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2006), p. ix-xv. 

[4] Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993), p. 119.

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