Foster on community…

Came across this in a notebook last night written a few years back…a quote from Richard Foster’s incredible ‘Celebration of Discipline’.

‘Dallas Willard states ‘the aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons, with himself included in that community as its prime sustainer and most glorious inhabitant’.  Such a community lives under the immediate and total rulership of the Holy Spirit.  They are a people blinded to all loyalties by the splendour of God, a compassionate community embodying the law of love as seen in Jesus Christ.  They are an obedient army of the Lamb of God living under the Spiritual Disciplines, a community in the process of total transformation from the inside out, a people determined to live out the demands of the gospel in a secular world.  They are tenderly aggressive, meekly powerful, suffering and overcoming.  Such a community, cast in a rare and apostolic mould, constitutes a new gathering of the people of God.  May almighty God continue to gather such people in our day’. (Foster, Celebration of Discipline, Edinburgh:Hodder 1996 p357-8)

I think this is the kind of community I want to be part of, and actually do get to be part of (ENC).  The kind of community that transforms as well as grows closer together, impacting everyone it comes into contact with.  I love that phrase ‘tenderly aggressive, meekly powerful, suffering and overcoming‘. Nothing can hold such a community back.  Nothing good, nothing bad.  Nothing stopping it from fulfilling its calling.

Doing life together…incredible…


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