Thanks to Ed for the previous post. The ongoing experiment of gspl:2528 continues to evolve. We are soon to start a Sunday Night cafe style service, but in the run up to that we have tried to consolidate our journey of the past couple of months into some sort of values statement of what we want to achieve or see our Sunday Night ‘thing’ look like. We want it to be edgy and stripped back to let people who come encounter the ‘real’ Jesus (not the 21st Century modern idea of a Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild or a Buddy Jesus). We want to be experimental and different, but trying to nail down our ethos and the values behind what we want and why has been an interesting experience.
One of things that has been inspiring us is from Stephen Chalke’s The Lost Message of Jesus where he talks about the fact that the Kingdom of God is already here. He talks about the in-breaking shalom of the Kingdom of God, right here, right now and on page 37 he explains the shalom as:
“Shalom, a word that appears over 250 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, is a kaleidoscopic vision of what life is like when lived in line with God’s agenda. It incorporates contentment, health, justice, liberation, fulfilment, freedom and hope … shalom is the equipping of a person so they can cope with life’s sufferings and sorrows while basking in the beauty and joys it brings. Shalom is about comprehensive well-being and flourishing at every level of life – socially, economically, spiritually and politically.”
So that’s what we want! That’s what we want to celebrate!