Monday, February 18, 2019

What are Burning Bush people trying to do?

I've been asked several times recently what Burning Bush people and communities do. It's a good question. If you are familiar with contemporary churches then you know that there are all kinds of Christian groups out there... small groups, life groups, service groups, youth groups, marriage groups, worship groups, and the list goes on.

So what exactly is it that we say makes our communities (what we call our groups) "Burning Bush Communities?"

Well, I like to say is that Burning Bush Communities have GRIT.

That is, we are (or strive to be) people who:

We make it our job to go to and be with our neighbors who God sends us to. We don't ask the people we're called to serve and bless and reach to come to us. We do our best to step into their world and establish relationships where they are comfortable.

Our second task is to reveal the Kingdom of God wherever we're sent. People don't need to attend a church service to have the Kingdom revealed to them. It's the job of disciples to make known the power and love of Jesus in the places they inhabit and serve.

We invite those whom we love and serve in Christ's name to learn the ways of Jesus with us. That is, we invite them to the discipleship journey. It makes sense that the people who build relationships with their neighbors and reveal the Kingdom to them are the ideal people to help disciple them.

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Finally, we release the disciples who are serving alongside of us or who developed in our communities to pursue the callings that God places upon them. God is always calling and sending more people to share His good news, and it's our job to make sure that we facilitating that process.

So there you have it. A Burning Bush Community is one that is trying to have some GRIT. And while we have a long way to go in this process of becoming gritty people and groups we are thankful to be on the journey.

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