Notes from the Field of Youth Ministry
Holy Land! We leave tomorrow .
Posted By Milly Morrow on April 07, 2016
Mission is the result of God’s initiative, rooted in God’s purpose to restore and heal creation. “Mission” means “sending”, and it is the central biblical theme describing the purpose of God’s action in human history. (Missional Church, 1998)
As a people of the Bible narrative we believe that God has been active throughout history and through humankind and we have a record of that action through Scripture. We believe that God was human with us through Jesus Christ, and our gospel gives us a short and intense description of that human life. While I believe firmly that God is present with us everywhere, it is an immense gift to think of traveling the same roads, walking on the same earth, seeing the same sites as Jesus did some 2000 years ago.
In Darrell Guder’s article Pilgrimage as Equipping for Mission he states, “The custom of pilgrimage is ancient in the Christian tradition. It reflects a deep biblical emphasis upon the movement of God and God’s people towards the ultimate fulfillment of great promises. Abraham’s trek from Ur to Canaan was the beginning of God’s people on pilgrimage. The exodus of Israel was a pilgrimage, a following of God into God’s future, trusting in God’s faithfulness. The tabernacle, Israel’s tent of the divine presence, was designed to move on, to pull up stakes and follow God to the next station on the way. And Israel’s exile to Babylon was also a divinely guided pilgrimage that resulted in their reclamation of God saving purposes for the world as this people lived out it’s calling to be a blessing to the nations. The motif of movement continued in the early church as the first Christians were called the followers of The Way. The history of God’s people has always been marked by purposeful movement, following Christ’s injunction to “come and follow me”. Thus, the sense of the people on The Way is crucial for the church’s understanding and practice of mission.”
I’m very much looking forward to being in the Holy Land and in holy company for the next two weeks. I look forward to describing to you as much as possible in this blog what it is I see, where it is we stand, and how I see God present in these places! Be well and I hope this blog makes it possible to travel this journey with us.