‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!’ (Psalm 133:1). A well-known verse of Scripture to many. But how often is it actually lived out? Think about it. Are you glad to see and be surrounded by everyone you see on a Sunday? Or do you just tolerate some of them? There’s a massive difference there. Because, as Christians, we do not get to pick and choose who we love.
But more than that, Scripture often refers to disciples of Christ as sheep. Creatures which are docile, need leading, and more than prone to making unwise decisions! But yet, how often are people mauled by these ‘sheep’ in our churches?
The message of the Gospel is not one of tolerance but of love. That is what reconciliation means. The Church has a role to play in cultivating a flourishing and peaceful society for everyone. Central to this vision is the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ reconciling God to humanity, to each other, and the whole of creation. Our message is prophetic and disturbingly simple – Be Reconciled.
Be Reconciled is a Gospel initiative to resource and empower the local Church in Northern Ireland in peacemaking.
To that end, we will be running the ‘Be Reconciled’ course from October over 6 weeks to explore what reconciliation really means for our lives. It will call us to:
Look Up to what God is calling the local church to do and to be led bythe Holy Spirit and then to respond to God.
Look In to understand their present context.
Look Out into their community and call others to reconciliation with
and through Jesus.
The sessions will be from 7.30pm in the Coffee Bar as follows:
Session 1: A Reconciling Story – Understanding the need for Reconciliation in the world and Northern Ireland.
Session 2: A Reconciling God – Understanding Reconciliation as a key thread in the Biblical story from creation to the new heaven and new earth.
Session 3: A Reconciling Mission – Understanding Christ’s calling to be His ambassadors and reconcilers.
November 14th Session 4: A Reconciling Church – A new vision of reconciliation within the Church among believers.
Session 5: A Reconciling Community – A new vision of the Church’s role in reconciling communities.
Session 6: A Reconciling Land – A new vision of Northern Ireland and how Christians can work to bring about a reconciled land.