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					WALKING THE
 TIGHTROPE
‘AND GETTING TO THE
    OTHER SIDE’
CARRYING OTHERS ACROSS
READER MINISTRY
       A  servant
         ministry
        An equipping
         ministry
        A ministry which
         earns trust
         through personal
         example
CARRYING OTHERS ACROSS
   FROM CHURCH TO WORLD
   FROM SCRIPTURE TO LIFE
   FROM PARALYSIS TO HOPE
       WHAT IS NEEDED
 Isnot more faith
 But restored hope
 Hope includes faith
 ‘Now faith is the assurance of things
  hoped for, the conviction of things not
  seen.’ Hebrews 11:1
    CHRISTIANITY IS HOPE
 'From  first to last, and not merely in
 the epilogue, Christianity is
 eschatology, is hope, forward looking
 and forward moving and therefore
 also ... transforming the present.'
                      Jurgen Moltmann
HOPE MOVES YOU FORWARD
FROM CHURCH TO WORLD
      (AND BACK)
 GOSPEL AND CULTURE
‘Culture is the context in which
people find their identity....the gospel
judges every culture....challenging
some aspects of the culture while
endorsing others for the benefit of
the Church and the society.’
                         Lambeth 88
 THE GIFT OF REPENTANCE
 ‘If the decline of the Church is
 ultimately caused neither by the
 irrelevance of Jesus,
 nor by the indifference of the
 community,
 but by the Church’s failure to respond
 fast enough to an evolving culture, to a
 changing spiritual climate, and to the
 promptings of the Holy Spirit
    THE GIFT OF REPENTANCE
 Then that decline can be addresses by
 the repentance of the Church. For true
 repentance involves turning around and
 living in a new way in the future.
 A diocese or parish which, out of
 repentance, grows a new relevance to
 the contemporary world, may also grow
 in numbers and strength , because the
 Spirit of Jesus has been released to do
 his work.’ Bob Jackson
      DOUBLE LISTENING
 ‘Double listening is the faculty of
  listening to two voices at the same time,
  the voice of God through Scripture and
  the voices of men and women around
  us.
 The voices will often contradict one
  another, but our purpose in listening to
  them both is to discover how they relate
  to one another.’ John Stott
DOUBLE LISTENING

         LISTEN TO   THE
          WORLD
         LISTEN TO THE
          GOD’S WORD
         BRING THE TWO
          TOGETHER
      DOUBLE LISTENING
 Those involved in the starting and
  sustaining of further and fresh
  communities of faith – carry with them
  an existing understanding of the faith
  and of church.
 They do not come with empty hands,
  but the next task is to have open ears.
DOUBLE LISTENING
         Attention to the
         mission context,
         or listening to the
         world, comes
         before discerning
         how the inherited
         Christian
         tradition works
         within it.
DOUBLE LISTENING
         Listeningto the
         context of the
         world shapes
         what emerges.
       DOUBLE LISTENING
 Then   the second aspect of double
  listening validates it, through
  connection with the Faith uniquely
  revealed in the Scriptures.
 Double listening is a process that
  enables something to evolve as its
  context changes.
 Itseeks to hold in tension both a
  creative engagement with context and a
  faithfulness to the good news in Jesus.
TWO EARS ONE MOUTH




       READER
FROM SCRIPTURE TO LIFE -
 From Promise To Fulfillment
FROM SCRIPTURE TO LIFE
            Readers are
             ministers of the
             Word.
            A ministry
             centred on and
             under the
             authority of
             scripture.
THE AUTHORITY OF
   SCRIPTURE
                   a
         ‘Is really
          shorthand for ‘the
          authority of God
          exercised through
          scripture; and
          God’s authority is
          not merely his right
          to control and
          order the church,
THE AUTHORITY OF
   SCRIPTURE
         buthis sovereign
         power, exercised in
         and through Jesus
         and the Spirit, to
         bring all things in
         heaven and on
         earth into
         subjection to his
         judging and healing
         rule.’
     THE AUTHORITY OF
        SCRIPTURE
 ‘God is at work through scripture (in
 other words through the Spirit who is at
 work as people read, study, teach and
 preach scripture) to energize, enable
 and direct the outgoing mission of the
 church, genuinely anticipating thereby
 the times when all things will be made
 new in Christ.’ N.T.Wright ‘Scripture +
 the Authority of God’
         THE BIBLE IS OUR
          CONSTITUTION
 ‘The  constitution of an ongoing
     community’ Francis Fiorenza
 The way God's people move ahead
  into his future while remaining rooted
  in and governed by what He has done
  and revealed in the past.
    THE BIBLE AS THE
 CHRISTIAN GRAND STORY
…    the biblical story of the world from
  creation to consummation. It is the story
  of the Trinitarian God's relationship with
  his creation.
 It sees God as the beginning and end of
  all things, their source and their goal,
  Creator and Lord, Redeemer and
  Renewer, the one who was and who is
  and who is to come. It is a story which is
  not yet completed.
    OUR DIRECTION IN LIFE
 The  end of the story is still to come, with
  the God who is also to come to his
  creation in the end...
 This means that those who live by this
  story live within it. It gives us our
  identity, our place in the story, and a
  part to play in the still-to-be-completed
  purposes of God for his world.' Richard
  Bauckham + Trevor Hart
        GOD’S STORY IN US
 ‘To  enter the world of scripture (is) to
  become a part of its story.’
 ‘We are not so much enjoined to get
  inside the text, as to let the text get
  inside us, so that we are nourished by
  its word and enabled to perform its
  story.’ Gerard Loughlin
  SCRIPTURE AS PROMISE
 They  are Israelites, and to them belong
  … the promises. Romans 9:4
 For in Christ every one of God's
  promises is a "Yes.” 2Corinthians 1:20
 Thus he has given us, through these
  things, his precious and very great
  promises, so that through them you may
  escape from the corruption that is in the
  world because of lust, and may become
  participants of the divine nature 2Pe 1:4
                                 .
    FREEDOM FOR CHANGE
 'The Holy Spirit brings forward a
 reality which is grounded in divine
 promise rather than in human thought
 or achievement.' Doctrine
 Commission
 'I am determined by the future God
 has promised rather than by the past I
 have made.’ Doctrine Commission
         DON’T MISS OUT
 For God is not unjust; he will not overlook
  your work and the love that you showed for
  his sake in serving the saints, as you still
  do.
 And we want each one of you to show the
  same diligence so as to realize the full
  assurance of hope to the very end,
 So that you may not become sluggish, but
  imitators of those who through faith and
  patience inherit the promises.
                           Hebrews 6:10-12
WORD AND SPIRIT
  TOGETHER
        A MEANS OF GRACE

 'Scriptureis a means of grace by which
 God's Word continues to come to us. It is
 not so much a static collection of timeless
 oracles as it is the place to stand when
 one wants to be in God's presence and
 learn of him.
      WORD AND SPIRIT
 Through  the Bible we can orient
 ourselves to the objective revelation
 that has been given and through the
 Spirit enter into it personally and
 dynamically.' Clark Pinnock.
         WORD AND SPIRIT
 'TheSpirit acts as a kind of 'time
    machine' via the Word, enabling the
 believer to travel backward and
 forward in salvation history and to
 imaginatively participate in the events
 that have been and are yet to be.'
                            Steven Land
TRAVEL IN SALVATION TIME
TWIN TRACK
      WORD
      God’s  gift from
       the past
      SPIRIT
      God’s gift from
       the future
THE MINISTRY OF THE
       SPIRIT
           The  Spirit as 'The
           certain evidence
           that the future
           had dawned, and
           the absolute
           guarantee' of its
           final
           consummation.'
              Gordon Fee
THE MINISTRY OF THE
       SPIRIT
           'The Spirit has
           given both the first
           fruits and the
           hope of full
           liberation, and we
           are stretched
           between the two.'
           Peter Hocken
THE MINISTRY OF THE
       SPIRIT
           'The action of the
           Spirit is to
           anticipate, in the
           present,
           and by means of
           the finite and
           contingent,
           the things of the
           age to come.'
           Colin Gunton
THE MINISTRY OF THE
       SPIRIT
           'Inthis activity of
            the Spirit the new
            creation is already
            being anticipated in
            provisional forms in
            human life.'
            Richard Bauckham
            + Trevor Hart
  THE ANTICIPATION OF THE
           SPIRIT
 'Itis a vital part of a Christian
  perspective on this world to identify
  within it scattered acts of recreative
  anticipation of God's promised future,
  as the same Spirit who raised Jesus
  from death calls into being life, health,
  faith and hope where there is otherwise
  no capacity for these and no accounting
  for them.
  FOLLOWING THE SPIRIT
 Christians  are called to identify and
 to become involved with God's Spirit
 in all that he is doing to fashion a
 genuine presence of the new within
 the midst of the old, drawing it into
 self-transcendent albeit partial
 anticipations of what will ultimately
 be.
HERALDS OF GOD’S FUTURE
 Such anticipations are to be found in
 this world, but they are not of this
 world. They belong to God's future of
 which they are heralds and towards
 which they direct our hopeful gaze. In
 such happenings the power of the
 future-made-present is manifest.’
                   Bauckham + Hart
HOPE RESTORED
       Ifthis Spirit of God
        is ‘the Spirit of the
        resurrection', then
        we are possessed
        by a hope which
        sees unlimited
        possibilities
        ahead, because it
        looks to God's
        future.
        HOPE RESTORED
 The   heart expands. The goals of hope
  in our own lives, and what we
  ourselves expect of life, fuse with
  God's promises for a new creation of
  all things.
 This gives our own finite and limited life
  an infinite meaning.’ Jurgen Moltmann
    WHEN FAITH BECOMES
           HOPE
        wherever it develops into hope,
 'Faith,
 causes not rest but unrest, not patience
 but impatience. It does not calm the
 unquiet heart, but is itself this unquiet
 heart in man.
   WHEN FAITH BECOMES
          HOPE




 Those who hope in Christ can no
 longer put up with reality as it is, but
 begin to suffer under it, to contradict it

				
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