Learning from a missionary Bishop
John Harrower was the Anglican Bishop of Tasmania for 15 years. He recently spoke on Being a Church in Mission: Reflections from Tasmania, which has a lot of wisdom for us to follow. Here is a sample —
- That as an Anglican church we should be: “Christ-centred, Bible soaked,” in society and at prayer — what a good model that is for us to be each week!
- “In all our endeavours we trust in God’s passion and faithfulness to build His Church. Referring to Jesus’ response to Peter’s “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”, John Piper comments, “The mission and life of our church is not ultimately dependent on human initiative or human wisdom or human perseverance. It is ultimately dependent upon on the power and wisdom and faithfulness of the risen and living Christ to keep this promise: “I will build my church” …. Christ has an unwavering commitment to gather his church from all the peoples of the world.” — So we should be encouraged and emboldened in actively and openly living for Jesus here in Cairns.
- “I shared the vision for … every Anglican person to be a prayerful activist, enlivened by Biblical faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.” — A ‘mere pew-sitter’ is a contradiction according to God!
- “Bishop’s visits included Mission Conversations” [which we each can have] in which “we would talk about the things that we could see God doing in our lives and in the church. As we told stories we came to understand that God was at work through us in our homes, workplaces, our business practices, sports clubs and serving the community”. — How could you talk (at least a bit) about something like this at morning tea now?
- John closed his talk with this prayer: “Transforming God, as we meet together fill us with your wisdom. Give us the capacity to work boldly and with humility, embracing the challenge of mission. Use us to bring transforming life to our Christian communities and to all Australians. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” — So why not pray this each week?!
This is good wisdom for us here to follow!
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