incarnational networking

[INCARNATIONAL SERIES part 16]Segregation2_13

Hubmodel1Alan Hirsch, in his recent book focused on the recovery of a missional identity for the Church states well the impetus for approaching the mission of the church from an incarnational identity.  “The Incarnation not only qualifies God’s acts in the world, but must also qualify ours,” he suggests.  Continuing, Hirsch says, “If God’s central way of reaching his world was to incarnate himself in Jesus, then our way of reaching the world should likewise be incarnational.”
    As we are sent out as mutual witnesses for Christ, the community interacts with one another throughout the rest of week as well.  There is no sense of waiting for the next programmed gathering in order to fellowship with other followers of Jesus.  Reflecting the example of the Church in Acts chapter 4 and learning from the Rule of St. Augustine, believers are urged to support and equip each other constantly.  The segregated duality of “church” and “life” falls away quickly as rhythms of reciprocal fellowship is embraced (See Figure 5).

1  Hirsch, 133.  Further, Hirsch suggests “To say the Incarnation should inform all the dimensions of individual and communal life is surely an understatement.  In becoming one of us God has given us the archetypal model of what true humanity, and by implication for our lives as well as our mission.” (ibid., 133.)

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