2013 Mission Sunday: A Missional, Peacebuilding Church

2013, 3 pp
We have created these resources to assist in planning for Mission Sunday. As church planters and peace-building workers in Manila, Philippines, we are very passionate about the global church’s calling to be a Peace Church. Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection exemplify harmony with God, harmony with others, harmony with oneself, and harmony with creation. We are all called, as communities, to be witnesses to the loving, radical, non-violent, and sacrificial way of Jesus and to be agents of change in a world full of violence, destruction, and greed.

The focus of this resource is on being a missional, peacebuilding church. We see that these two ways of describing the calling of the church are really the same – to build reconciling relationships, through the power of Jesus, in our communities. As a church, we are called to love others and build peace, whether that’s inviting your neighbour over for dinner, buying second-hand, volunteering at a women’s shelter, or making friends with a Muslim. Jesus, through his life’s example, has taught us how to be instruments of his peace in a most radical way that might make us uncomfortable, vulnerable, and even unsafe. We, at Peace Church Philippines, are a growing witness to this message in a country where conflict, corruption, and greed are rampant. May this Sundays’ worship help you bear witness to the peace-building power of Jesus in your context. Let us worship together and participate in God’s reconciling mission in our respective communities.

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