Saturday, December 31, 2005

7 marks of a healthy church... 2/7

"Energized by faith seems to be a foundation characteristic. At the heart of these churches and their members is a reality about their awareness of the presence, goodness and love of God. Faith is the fuel on which these churches run."

Warren, R (2004) The Healthy Churches' Handbook. Church House Publishing
Seems a little obvious on first read through but it got me thinking about the danger of an 'unreality of awareness' theology. It got me thinking about a theology formed out of a self comforting preoccupation with self, turning mission into something it was never intended to me, a theology that turns mission into an activity of church and away from being an attribute of a our missionary God.

I've got a feeling that keeping 'the presence, goodness and love of God' real in all that we do communicates to our "Thanks ... but no thanks" post-Christian culture.

4 comments:

Kathryn said...

Drat...There you go again. Another nail on the head...

Rob said...

i'm following this with great interest - keep up the great blogging and a Happy New Year - look forward to more cofee and talking in 06!

Gordon said...

Sorry Kathryn!!

Gordon said...

Rob - definately to more chat and coffee! Thanks for the encouragement!