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In the Greater Toronto Area, the church and Christians now live in a post-Christian, post-modern, multicultural, pluralistic, radically globalized, fully mobile, and highly personal world.
Two competing value systems are emerging who both loudly claim to have the answers:
- On one end of the spectrum, there is the ever-growing militant secular revolution touching all parts of society.
- On the other end of the spectrum, there are many global forms of dangerous religious violent fundamentalism.
The Church is caught in the middle, with each end of the value system spectrum thinking we’re with the other side and perceived to be enemies of both sides.
Retreat? Rebuild the our monasteries and fortresses of the past? Wait till these grand storms pass over? Live in paralysis reminiscing of our former Christian culture?
No! Rather, there is something that God has promised and guaranteed.
There is something that gives us boldness to thrive in our culture, not just survive in the margins. No matter the style of church or what resources they have, there are places of guaranteed power, transformation, and life change for you and your church.
At Sanctus, we have called it “Convergence”. We see Jesus modelling Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Disciplines, and Spiritual Experiences. In Jesus, the convergence of these things working together provides the Church insight on how to operate, navigate, and thrive in our post-Christian culture.
As a result, we have organized Sanctus Church based on this idea and continually work this out in our day-to-day ministry.
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Jesus as our model
Jesus is not just our Saviour and Lord, but also our Model for Christian life and Church. Jesus “emptied himself” of his power [Philippians 2:7], so throughout scripture we see Jesus modelling for us how to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to know the Father’s will by engaging with Spiritual Gifts, Disciplines, and Experiences.
We see evidence of Jesus possessing and using Spiritual Gifts. As Christians, we do not possess all spiritual gifts but do possess at least one. Our gifts should be affirmed by our church community; we should seek to use our gifts for the common good and in The Church.
On many occasions, Jesus retreats to pray and spend time with The Father. If Jesus needed to participate in the Spiritual Disciplines, how much more as Christians should we do this? They are simplicity, confession, worship, prayer, intercession, fasting, chastity, service, solitude and silence, celebration and fellowship, and study.
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, there were many experiences that are difficult to understand. As a result, as Christians, we can expect that we may also encounter similar experiences. It is prudent for us as The Church to not automatically dismiss spiritual experiences, but instead evaluate them for their biblical and contextual merit, identifying sources – holy, evil, or natural.
How We Apply “Convergence”