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Total Church: why community?

July 31, 2007

Tuesdays are dinner and discussion nights for Austin City Life (let us know if you want to come), as we are intentionally trying to build ACL on gospel, community and mission. The second chapter in Total Church answers the question: “Why Community?” Timmis put community and mission together like this:

God is a missionary God and God’s primary missionary method is his covenant people. Humanity was made in the image o the triune God. The purpose of an image is to represent something and we represent God on earth. God made us as persons-in-community to be he vehicle through which he would reveal his glory…The attractive covenant community continues to be the means by which God fulfills his promise to Abraham. What has changed is the centre. Now it is the community itself among whom Christ promises to be present. The communtiy move out across the globe (centrifugal), all the time drawing people to its Lord through its common life (centripital).

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  1. July 31, 2007 2:38 pm

    I hope to get this book as I love its focus on both mission and community. The first line in this quote is so true. The mission of God is not an individual pursuit but a community pursuit.

    Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

    We usually think these verses apply to us as individuals. But the image here of a brightly lit city on a hill represents the corporate effect of our combined lights as Christians. If we are united together not only will the world be attracted to us, they will be pointed to God.

  2. Sara permalink
    July 31, 2007 7:08 pm

    dude, I so want to come

  3. August 1, 2007 10:38 am

    What time is dinner?

    This is one loaded paragraph! The last sentence is really helpful in picturing the movement of our community mission:

    “The community move out across the globe (centrifugal), all the time drawing people to its Lord through its common life (centripital).”

    Jesus is the Temple Builder!

  4. August 1, 2007 10:55 am


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