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If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

I’m listening to Justin Welby, Archbishop of canterbury. He’s talking about the way that the church has changed over the course of the pandemic, and the way that we will need to continue to discover the new ways that God is calling the church to witness to God.

For some months, the ministry of the church was 100% outside the building. We must learn lessons from that.

What is needed is a new vision of the Good News of Jesus Christ for this time, for all people. This demands that we are renewed people, with above all a new holiness.

And the message for the church is this – If nothing changes, then nothing changes.

As a Christian trying to be attentive to God, I’m hungry for change.

2 thoughts on “If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

  1. I want to reach out beyond the four walls of the church. However, I want the comfort of the church, its guidance and security, its approval and back-up for what I would like to do. I’m not brave enough, confident enough or bright enough to do it myself. I want the permission and support of the church but it is, I think, an establishment organisation which can move slowly.
    Give me permission and hold my hand a bit and I will do it. Anyone with me?

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    1. I’m with you! I want to reach out as well. God bless you for your openness, your trust, and your humility. You’re right in saying that the church often moves slowly. It’s true of any large organisation. There’s a parody of the hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ that has this line – ‘Like a mighty tortoise, moves the church of God!’ But you’re also right to say that God has given us the church to give security and guidance. We’re not meant to do this on our own, just doing our own thing without the support and accountability of the Christian community. This where honest, respectful and prayerful conversation and engagement within a Christian community will shed light on God’s way forward.

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