Monday, November 14, 2005


Mark Sayers, an emerging missional church leader (Red Network) has written a bible study guide called "Ignition", and in it there was a topic of Incarnation. What he said really got me thinking:

“Jesus in order to complete his mission on earth chose to live amongst us. He lived the life of a human man in a particular time and place, he spoke particular languages and he lived in a particular culture. The gospel writers apart from his first and last few years see his life as so ordinary for that time and place that they do not even record it in any detail. When he begins to preach in his hometown people are shocked, and see him as only the carpenter’s son.”

Isn't it a radical concept? I grapple constantly with the idea and theological implication of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, which was the way Jesus went about his life, faith and mission. The question I keep asking is: how should that shape my approach in mission and ministry? What is God up to? And what should I be up to? And how should I live my life in a particular context / culture / sub-culture so that the gospel can be seen through me? Really challenging questions and thoughts!!

So what is your idea of Incarnation?


Kel said...

I like this from Renovare:

"Redeemed by God through Christ, we are indwelt by the Spirit and experience a growing transformation of character as we use our bodies to come into a working harmony with the Spirit. Hence our embodied self becomes a portable sanctuary, and we learn throughout our daily activities and interactions how to function in cooperation with and in dependence upon the Spirit. Through time and experience we discover that everywhere we go is "holy ground," everything we do is "consecrated activity," and everything we think and say is "sanctified communication." The jagged line dividing the sacred and the secular must be erased for there simply is nothing that is outside the realm of God's purview and care. This is "incarnational living.""

Kitty Cheng said...

WOW this is a great way of defining 'incarnational living'. Thanks Kel for the insight from Renovare!