In a world wooing us to pursue our egocentric dreams and a church culture often bogged down with programmatic approaches to effective mission, Alan Roxburgh’s wisdom and teaching around the question, “Where is God at work out ahead of us?” realigns us with the heart of God and the activity of God’s spirit in our lives and in our neighborhoods.
For my neighborhood faith community, shifting our questions in the ways Roxburgh instructs in his book, Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World, has significantly impacted how we listen, discern, reflect, and act on our unique participation in God’s mission within our context.
One of many stories comes to mind. My neighbor invited me to support her in the vulnerable experience of the labor and delivery of her first child. This was the 3rd neighborhood birth I had the privilege of attending. Invitations to births seemed to reveal that God was out ahead in our neighborhood, knitting together a community of mothers and women who would usher new life into the world. A few days after her baby boy was born, this neighbor and her husband asked our faith community to come to their home and offer a prayer blessing for their child. Though they don’t share the same faith perspective, this family welcomed us with a shared curiosity and intrigue for what we all sensed God was doing among us.
Feb 15, 2016