NEW YEAR’S DAY 2018 — On Christmas Eve, I heard a pastor say that a person’s life falls into two stages. In the first stage, we achieve goals. In the second, we need connection with others.
For six months, I had been struggling with a sense that I didn’t have any idea what my next project would be. For 40 years, I have moved seamlessly from one project to the next. As I finished each one, I knew immediately what to engage next. As I moved into this past summer, however, I didn’t have a sense of “This is what’s next.” It left me feeling a bit adrift.
The word about moving from achievement to connection was a good one. Below is a summary of what the Lord has said to me through the projects. I’m at a point where I have nothing else to add, and I turn my attention now to connection — looking for the opportunities to live out in relationship the things I have learned in the journey thus far. I covet your prayers and fellowship.
God’s Revolution — God’s work in the world is revolution: bringing his creation full circle to the peace and harmony he created it to enjoy. God’s people are the ones who give themselves wholeheartedly to his revolution.
Journey into Justice — Redemption, salvation, discipleship, and mission can be understood as a journey into justice: the restoration of peace and harmony for each individual and community, in keeping with the Creator’s original and eternal intention.
Multiply Justice — God’s mission is restoring to his creation the justice he created originally. For that mission, he calls a people. He brings justice into their lives and uses them to multiply his justice into the lives of those around them. A clear process can be followed to join God’s global movement to multiply Kingdom justice.
The Better Life — Many Christians fail to live out consistent, effective discipleship because they continually stumble over the same obstacles. The Better Life outlines a 26-week “pre-discipleship” micro-group journey to help believers take hold of life the way God designed it to be lived.
Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt — Establishing a just, civilized social order requires an external, objective standard of justice. Subjective morals can only lead to anarchy and tyranny. The only basis for just social order lies in the objective truth of Christian faith, for which God has provided proof beyond reasonable doubt.
Divorcing Christ — When God’s people trust him for salvation and walk in his ways, they can be completely confident their ultimate salvation is eternally secure. The Scripture warns, however, that those who divorce themselves from Christ will never enter his rest.