Christ has entrusted his church with the witness of his future kingdom, with the character of his discipleship and life community with God. The tremendous responsibility of the church is that it is the light of the unchanging love of God, because Christ is present. The great joy and strength of the church is that Christ is in its midst, for it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. In every aspect of its personal and public life, the church must radiate the peace-giving strength of the love of Christ who lives within it.- Eberhard Arnold
November 09, 2020
Salt and Light
Your life will have a kind of perfection, although you will not be a saint. The perfection will consist in this: you will be very weak and you will make many mistakes; you will be awkward, for you will be poor in spirit and hunger and thirst for justice. You will not be perfect, but you will love. This is the gate and the way. Whatever you desire for yourself, wish the same for others. If you expect something from people, give the same to them. There is nothing greater than love. There is nothing more holy than love. There is nothing more true than love, nothing more real. So let us hand our lives over to love and seal the bond of love.
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The church is the door of peace, open in the present as an entrance into the kingdom of the future. So for the believing and united church, Satan is already bound; in the church, his divisiveness and hostility have been done away with. The kingdom of peace has been won. Weapons are laid down. Christ is king, and he is king here and now as the head and the heart of the church.- Eberhard Arnold
This deepest mystery of the kingdom of God is what concerns us, the way it is revealed in the heart of the believer and in the soul of the loving disciple of Jesus in following him, and the way it is revealed in the church in her complete community and in the persecution she has to suffer, and further, the way the whole earth, which more and more falls a prey to the sovereignty of Satan, must be conquered by God so that the future of the harvest will come.- Eberhard Arnold
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