strung together theological terms

gelassenheit

a good Anabaptist word

yielded to the will of God

expressed through communal experience

 

for all that is good and all that is bad with such an understanding

there is great wisdom here

a single solitary human being is weak

there is safety in numbers

God’s will is most meaningful in koinonia

consecrated work is most effective in ekklesia

euangelion is essentially political

 

complicated Greek terms aside

yieldedness, community, assembly, gospel

are essential concepts for those who look to Jesus Christ

essential not because they must be understood and accepted

but because they must be grappled with

 

the concept of self breaks down in the presence of God

God’s holiness and wholeness challenges the unholy fragmented self

surrender is the only possible response, but surrender is not really possible

and so the paradox of humanity in contact with the Divine emerges

perhaps this ice berg is a little too large

but this is theology after all

 

human beings gather together as social creatures

the company of others is more than survival strategy

community generates meaning amongst its members

meaning that transcends self

self must be surrendered to make community possible

but self must also be affirmed

for community is impossible without individuals

 

assembly is community with a purpose

church is more than a social club

it has a purpose in this world

to embody the ministry of Jesus Christ

in the world and for the world

this purpose is gospel

gospel has many facets for the community to understand and explore

may this task be undertaken with humility and faithfulness

 

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