In a book entitled “Journey In the Wilderness” by Rev. Gil Rendle there are three questions that resonate with me now and have done so, in several ways, throughout my ministry in The United Methodist Church. The following questions are identified as “formation questions” by Rendle. He uses them in the context of empowering churches to do great things for the Kingdom. I also believe that they are good questions for any who follow Christ to prayerfully reflect upon as one walks with Christ throughout one’s life in Christ. So, here they are:
1. Who are we? Rendle says this is “the identity question.” This is a good question for the church to be asking of itself. And, it is a good question for you and me to be asking of ourselves in the context of our relationship with Christ.
2. What has God called us to do or to be? He refers to this as “the purpose question.” Certainly this is a great question for the church to be reflecting upon in a prayerful manner. Also, it is a fantastic question for you and me to be asking of ourselves, once again, as it relates to our relationship with Christ.
3. Who is our neighbor? Rendle defines this as “the context question.” Another good question for us to ask of ourselves as it speaks to us directly concerning with whom we understand we are to share our faith in Christ.
May such questions and others similar to these help us all prayerfully reflect upon our journey with Christ.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Monday, December 4, 2017 @ 12:47 PM EDT