Monday, 21 February 2011

Try gathering together with other Christ-followers in your neighbourhood...

Therefore the newly popular paired concepts of "gathering and sending" represent a falsehood if they are understood in such a way that the gathering of the people of God is only the precondition for its true task: being sent into the world.

Those who think this way show how foreign the Bible has become for them, for in the Bible the prophets and apostles are sent precisely in order to gather the people of God.

"Mission to gather the people of God" would be a biblical idea, for it is certainly clear that only a people of God that has allowed itself to be gathered into unity and unanimity could convince the world.
Gerhard Lohfink

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