N.T. Wright suggests the Church, and so its people, should be for the world today in the same way Jesus was for Israel. Now that does not mean Jesus was not for the world. What it does imply is that in its proper context Messiah was for Israel. Situated in such a context the corollary would fit Wright’s framework.
My friend John Elam serves as Director of Missions for Northwest Baptist Association in Oklahoma. He has consistently put together the kind of conference that would provoke local pastors and leaders to engage in practical theology. John put together another program for their fall event. Here are the details –
Pastors and Leaders,
I would like to invite you to attend an important Leadership Conference on November 2nd, hosted by Northwestern Baptist Association in Woodward, OK. The topic of this conference is â??For the World: Becoming the Great Commission Churchâ?.
It is the aim of this conference to gather church leaders who take seriously the call of Christ to take the Gospel to all the world and begin a conversation that will challenge, inspire and lead us to engage the 21st century world. With our churches in decline and evangelism efforts at alarmingly low rates the time is now to ask the hard questions and wrestle with the difficult issues that face the church in today’s culture.
Please come and be part of the conversation as we seek together how the local church should take up the mantle of the Great Commisson for the world. We need answers that are biblically sound, methodologically fresh, gospel centered and transformation oriented. Alvin Reid, Nathan Finn and Anthony Jordan will bring us the benefit of their insight and experience in talks and through a panel discussion. Your input is greatly desired. Please don’t miss this great opportunity.
John Elam, DOM NWBA