“12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmuring and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. 16 It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you— 18 and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.”
“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
If I were to pick out one scripture as a mantra for Disciples, it would probably be this passage. We don’t have an “ABC” or five steps to salvation that everyone has to salute, which is just a means by which we can judge one another. Instead, we strive to equip each other with the resources, support, encouragement, and love necessary to discover the gifts and graces God already has at work within us. We celebrate the diversity of these gifts, graces, and acquired skills that strengthen each individual’s faith and the faith of the community as a whole.
We grow when given the opportunity to see God through each others’ lives, experiences, and faith interpretations. There is no “one size fits all” among Disciples. So, alongside each other, we “work out our faith with fear and trembling,” that is in awe of the God we serve and with the seriousness our relationship with God and each other requires.
We an do this because God is already present, already at work within us and among us, to accomplish those things that pleases God. And, what pleases God can best be summed up by words of the prophet Micah, “live justly, be kind, and walk humbly with God.”
We live this out through our Identity, Vision, Mission as Disciples of Christ:
We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.
To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.
– Micah 6:8
To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8
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