Yesterday we concluded our series on “Connections” by asking the question, “what should our relationship with the world around us look like?” Jesus said in Matthew 5 that we are to be “salt and light in the world” or as Eugene Peterson puts it, “you’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.” James Davison Hunter suggests that we are salt and light when we relate to the world around us as “faithful presence.” He describes faithful presence as follows:
“Christians need to abandon talk about “redeeming the culture,” “advancing the kingdom,” and “changing the world.” Such talk carries too much weight, implying conquest and domination. If there is a possibility for human flourishing in our world, it does not begin when we win the culture wars but when God’s word of love becomes flesh in us, reaching every sphere of social life. When faithful presence existed in church history, it manifested itself in the creation of hospitals and the flourishing of art, the best scholarship, the most profound and world-changing kind of service and care—again, not only for the household of faith but for everyone. Faithful presence isn’t new; it’s just something we need to recover.
What would it look like for you to take up “faithful presence” in the places you live learn, work serve and play? How will you be salt and light and bring out the God-colors in the world around you?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Great Are You, Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
- Call to Worship
- Rock of Ages (Paul Baloche)
- Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
- Readings from Psalm 46 and Psalm 121
- Always (One Sonic Society)
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Faithful Presence)
- Benediction (Matt Redman)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.