"Declare what is to be, present it—
let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none but me."
“Turn to me and be saved,
all you ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn,
my mouth has uttered in all integrity
a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
by me every tongue will swear.
They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
are deliverance and strength.’”
We endeavor to listen to, learn from and lead with God's people in different cultures and contexts to serve, transform and grow thriving communities built upon Kingdom values.
Leaders, especially in God's church, where all members are gifted for ministry, must learn how to lead effectively. Leadership in God's community is a matter of gifts given by the Spirit of God. RiverWind is in a partnership with Scriptures In Use, using the training materials authored by them to teah the stories of the Bible chronologically to indigenous cultures, who are more typically Oral rather than Reading cultures. They use memory and music, dance and drama, art and design to pass along the histories, movements, spiritual beliefs and social values of their cultures.
As members of God's community, we do not live for ourselves, we live for others. Jesus called us to announce the Kingdom of God to the kingdoms of the world. In doing so he commissioned his followers to care for the poor and the powerless, the weak and the wounded, the dispossessed and the down-trodden, the hungry and the homeless, those who thirst for clean water as well as God's righteousness.
Churches are communities within culturally and globally diverse communities. Churches are worshiping communities of people. Christian worship - as the Apostle Paul reminded the Roman Christians - is an act of presenting ourselves as holy sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1. We are too prone to failure in the practice of holiness; we need encouragement to grow in becoming what one writer has called "a thriving community." It is not enough, as an organization engaged in growing community, simply to begin a church then moving on to start more.
Christians are a people of Scripture. The Christian Bible is a narrative, a Master Story, which begins with God's work of Creation (Genesis 1 & 2); it closes with God's work in bringing about a New Creation (Revelation 21 & 22). God created human beings male and female together to serve and preserve his Creatoin, his garden called Eden.