Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Kraemer: informal Church?

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
    Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness...
    —Colossians 1:24-25 (NIV)
    The way of the Church as a body that has the mandate to express the ministry of the great Diakonos [Servanthood] is not spectacular. The “first fruits” of fraternities, house-churches, para-parochial congregations, retreats (not for retreat’s sake, but for the sake of going out into the world) etc. should not continue to exist alongside the Church. They should be acknowledged as really doing the business of the Church.
    ... Hendrik Kraemer (1888-1965), A Theology of the Laity, London: Lutterworth Press, 1958, p. 179 (see the book)
    See also Acts 16:14-15; Rom. 16:3-5; Col. 1:24-25; 4:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are calling me to the true work of the church.
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