It’s been one month since my family moved to Contoocook and met our new Contoocook family. I would like to say “Thank You So Much” for all the different ways you have helped my family to settle down here in this very new area of our lives. I would like to thank you individually but I’ll do that when I visit each family individually, so I can get to know you all better. If you want to make an appointment with me, please contact me anytime. I will try my best to adjust my time to be at your convenience.
A Blank White paper
I think the most important thing is for a community to have the same heart and the same direction. Our new relationship is like a white blank paper. We will draw a picture together of everything we will do together from now on. We need to decide what kind of pencil we will use, when we will buy it, how we hold the pencil, what we will draw first and so on. In order to draw a good memorable picture together, we need to have a big picture about who we are as a church, and as Christians because then we can draw a good memorable picture together that will last a long time.
So it is called a ‘Voyage’ for Christian Community Life and Christian Life because we need to take the same boat, encounter same wind and waves that we plough through together. We will go through a variety of happiness, sadness, rejoicing, sufferings and so on. Through all kinds of happenings, we will know one another better and deeper. At the same time, we will find each other’s strengths and weaknesses. So we will better understand one another and we will be molded through God’s hands. In this way we will be transformed into the one God has designed in His image from the beginning.
The Church Is The Pottery Factory
Because God is a potter and we are clay (Isaiah 64:8) we are all sinners and people who are under construction so we need to fix ourselves by using the Bible as our everlasting standard. That’s why we are here in this church to be molded as a beautiful, holy, pure clay jar to be used by God.
Input/Output & Inner Values
These are the reasons why I shared the messages of God about the Church. We are all mobile churches and temples of God. This is why we need to know who we are and what the Bible says about the church. In this short note I hope we can get a big picture of the church, which is who we are.
In August, I plan to share eight core ingredients/ values that make up the church as an organic community and one living body. They are in the three categories such as ‘Input’,
‘Output’, and ‘Inner’ values.
Input Values are Worship and Nurture. Output Values are Care and Serve, and Inner Values are Transformation, Recovery, Wisdom, and Witness. It is like an organic process for the church as an organic community. I hope and pray that we are all prepared to be a desirable church in His eyes.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; Therefore, I will hope in him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24, NLT)
“For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.” (1 Corinthians 15:31, NLT)