Elevator speeches. You have 15 floors to get out what your project is all about. So here’s my elevator speech from my summer’s project:
Jesus does an amazing thing: he forms an alternative kingdom community. He takes Matthew the tax collector who works for the Romans and Simon the Zealot who wants to kill Romans and 9 other people, each different in their own way and molds them into a kingdom community that changes the world.
How could something like that happen today? By being re-formed. So many voices, institutions, ideas, organizations have de-formed us. Our de-formation keeps us from forming an alternative kingdom community.
To end our de-formation we need to be re-formed—as individuals and a community—to form an alternative kingdom community.
To be re-formed we listen to the voice of God. As we hear him we re-form our lives and community according to his Word. This re-forming happens as:
- we put God and his glory before all
- we love Jesus’ bride, the church—giving her the honor she deserves
- we know who we are—his adopted daughters and sons
- we know his big story—the story of creation, fall, redemption and his coming recreation.
Worship is heartbeat of being re-formed. God comes in Word and Sacrament in the context of weekly worship. In his Spirit he comes down to earth and at the same time lifts us up to heaven. As we weekly are stunned by being in His presence, we give him glory and he forms us into an alternative kingdom community.
A kingdom community that is a picture, foretaste, and ambassador of God’s present and coming kingdom.
In Re-form: Building an Alternative Kingdom Community in an Era of Differences we will uncover the wonder of becoming God’s alternative community. A community that gives the world a taste of things to come for God’s glory.