My New Zealander buddy, Paul Fromont, has a good post this morning on The Importance of the Local Congregation. (I’m pretty sure Paul’s not talking about gigachurches here. <GRIN>) Of course, quoting Newbigin always wins points in my game,
Stanley Hauerwas has a wonderful turn of phrase, “… the way the gospel is known is by one person being for another person the story of Jesus.” He reminds us that “our responsibility is to be faithful to the task God has given us. The result [of that task] is God’s doing.”
Missionally speaking, the local church (and thus individual Jesus-followers too) is an important locus for the gospel. Lesslie Newbigin reminds us that this locus has two important dimensions, both of which, if they’re not present, undermine the proclamation of “good news” in the public arena. [emphasis in original]
Please read all of Paul’s post.