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Westwinds is here to shadow God, build the church, and heal the world.
Shadowing God reminds us that we must stay in step with God's plan for us as individuals. We are never fully formed; we are always works-in-progress. That work progresses only by staying in step with the Spirit and being constantly malleable and edited by God.
Building the church means we recognize that Christian spirituality is not an individual sport. Church is plural, and God's purposes for reconciliation involve us sorting out our relationships with the people around us.
Healing the world connotes the fact that our salvation is neither privatized or communized, but expressed most faithfully in mission. We invite the Spirit to change us and to create a holy community of similarly simultaneously changing people, so that together we can effect change in the world.
Imagery in Acts: How God Uses Ordinary Things to Grow Extraordinary People
In some ways the book of Acts reads like The Odyssey or The Iliad or The Adventures of Hercules. In other ways, it's the most boring history your can imagine. It's the story of people eating meals, walking from point A to point B, having nothing, getting beaten up, shipwrecked, and lost.
Yet it's precisely through these boring and ordinary means that God electrifies his people and revolutionizes world history. The church picked up where Christ left off in the book of Acts, and when we study the pages of that sacred text, we come to understand that God writes his best words on human hearts and mundane lives.
This week in The Cue: Acts 27.27-28.10