|Published by Steve Clarke on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:00|
Jesus had an UP relationship with His Father
Jesus had an IN relationship with his disciples.
Jesus had an OUT relationship to the world.
In Luke 6.12-19 we get a glimpse into the beginnings of Jesus’ ministry and we see these three elements in Jesus’ rhythm of life.
Verse 12 tells us that he went up on a mountainside and spent the whole night in prayer. This UP relationship Jesus had with the Father was crucial and the foundation with which everything Jesus said and did was built on. Before moments of great decision, breakthrough or challenge we see Jesus retreat to be with the Father. In John Jesus says “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5.19)
On returning from this night of prayer, verse 13, the first thing Jesus does is gather round and name 12 close friends/students, with whom he will share this kingdom life of God with. This community of friendship and learning was crucial to Jesus. However he doesn’t simply keep this good news for this small group, but then goes OUT, with the disciples alongside and shares through words and loving action with ‘a great number’ from both near and far. (v17)
It’s possible to see these three dimensions throughout the life of Jesus, the early church and also in the Old Testament. You could describe them in this way too:
Worship (UP), Discipleship (IN) and Mission (OUT). There are many different ways we can live as Christians, but these are the essentials that we shape everything around.
These three core elements can be used as a lens to place over our community here at St Andrews.
We have come up with three shorts phrases that, we hope, will help shape our journey together at St Andrew's. That whatever the future looks like, it will be shaped around:
Worship & Prayer- First and foremost we are worshippers of God, this is our highest priority and what we were created to be. Jesus says that the first commandment is to love God with all our hearts, minds and soul. That this loving would be shaped by the presence of God in our relationship with him through prayer.
Discipleship & Community- God never intended that we would live out our worship and relationship with him alone. Community and family have always been part of God’s plan for us. Together, we would find a place of welcome and belonging within God’s family and this would mean our lives would become increasingly more like the life of Jesus, just as it did for the first disciples, with all their questions, wonderings, successes and mistakes.
Mission & Service- Jesus came with a message of love and healing for all of creation, as he declared God’s kingdom had arrived. For Jesus this was about bringing the broken pieces of the world back together in Himself, under his authority and love once again. This is something he ushered in through his life, death and resurrection and something he sent his disciples out to continue in the strength and power of the Spirit.
Here at St Andrews and within our wider community, we get to partner with God in His mission, both through sharing the good news of Jesus and serving in His name.