Book of Order – F-1.01 God’s Mission
While the title of the post might sound scary, it is where you can find the new language that our denomination (PCUSA) is using to describe what God is up to in this world.
“The Gospel of Jesus Christ announces the nearness of God’s kingdom, bringing good news to all who are impoverished, sight to all who are blind, freedom to all who are oppressed, and proclaiming the Lord’s favor upon all creation.”
This lovely “gospel of the kingdom” language, is already present in previous Book of Orders, but made explicit in the current version. (Polity Geek Alert: Compare here) It reminds us that the good news (gospel) is that God’s reign and rule has arrived and is available to all. What does this mean for the church? It continues:
The mission of God in Christ gives shape and substance to the life and work of the church. In Christ, the church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love,…
This then is a bit of what Cascade is working toward. We are working toward answering the question of how might we help people grow as disciples of Jesus in such a way that we (as individuals, and as a church) may participate in God’s mission.
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