We have been notoriously inward facing as god’s people. Being together and organising ourselves around those activities are the core to our identity.

This makes sense if the focus is huddling together to preserve the effects of Jesus’ works of personal redemption, which seem so frail. We pour huge energy into helping saints to work out how to live in ways that are satisfactory to the church.

The shift is not so much to turn our backs on that work – it is to be called out to a totally different vision. Like a young man falling in love, and all his attachments to family fading into the background (not necessarily lost or disrespected – just faded into different proportions), catching the new testament writer’s picture of the kingdom coming re-colours everything.

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