Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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Last night I attended a wonderful gathering of Christians across Teesside for a Pentecost Praise event. There was a brilliant (and loud) worship band, inspiring speakers, some heartfelt, passionate and anointed prayers and it was all held in a very comfortable venue. We were the church…gathered from all over Teesside, and it was great. But the message of the evening was very much that the church was not born to gather together in buildings but that in the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus scattered his presence in us as we go about living our daily lives and going about our daily work, wherever that may be. We are the church…scattered.
Because God has put His Holy fire within us, we take Him wherever we go. We are Jesus in every place we are and with every person we meet.
In John 17, Jesus prays “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world…my prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me”.
God is at work in the world and He wants us to join in with Him in that work. The mission that Jesus had while on earth is now our mission since we are the body of Christ. What Jesus did in his physical body, we are to continue as his spiritual body, the church…scattered wherever God has placed us in our daily lives.
And what is his mission? To establish the kingdom of God. To bring the rule and reign of God - the influence of God, here on the earth as it is in heaven. And to bring people into that kingdom reality; to ‘introduce’ people to God. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 says, “All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends…and gave us the task of making others his friends also”.
Where can you reach out and be a friend to someone else in the love of God? Where can you be the message of peace and grace and justice and forgiveness of God? The answer is, right where you are…wherever God has placed you. Ask him to help you see how you can bring his influence into the situation you are in.
We are the church when we are gathered but we are also the church when we are scattered, working in partnership with God to bring his kingdom in.