2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (New Living Translation)

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Wow what great news! It’s been my fear that this is the lost message of some of our Emerging Churches. Yes, we are called to be a certain type of people. However, we are also called to be a people who share the great news of Christ and the redemption He offers to the world in which we live. We need both incarnation and proclamation, although they are certainly not exclusive of one another. Just think about it, God is making His appeal through us! Wow,
what an awesome responsibility! What an awesome privilege!

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