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The message of reconciliation is the mission of the Gospel  

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                                                                                                               Rev. Liu Bin            Shanghai China

 

1.What is your personal understanding of mission and in which Bible text it is expressed best?

 

In my view, mission is hear and follow the calling of God, sow the message of reconciliation among people, and let people can turn to God, follow Jesus Christ, after repentance, become Christians, and then, reap the eternal life in the Kingdom of God.

In short, mission is that, Jesus Christ let us go to people, and then let people come to Him. He himself will be with us all the time.

The best Bible text expressed our mission is "And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’" (Matt.28:18-20) That tells us what is the real purpose and method or way of Mission?

Let’s think about that! If there were no reconciliation, no good relationship with people, did not have the goodwill of all the people, never care the circumstances. How can we go then? And who will come?

 

2.How is mission seen in your church? What are the major issues of the ongoing discussion

  about the understanding of mission in your church?

 

We think that mission is not only teach, but lead and feed. So, How to express solicitude for the well-being of aged people in church and in community? And how to guide young people grow up in Christ? How to lead them out of crises? We have to face to.  

 

 

3.Please give examples of major conflicts your church is dealing with? There might be internal conflicts or conflicts in the society you are living in.What kinds of situations which are longing for reconciliation are challenging you in your ministry? You Call think of the situation in families. your(church)community,or the society as a whole.Please write down at least one example more detailed.Describe also which way was chosen to deal with the situation.

One day, an old woman came to church. She told a pastor that she do not want to live in the world any longer. Why? She wept and told her story: she became a Christian many years ago. She lived with her only grandson, whom she really loved. But when he grew up, got married, he did not respect her anymore. Even beat her. What’s wrong? Because of their living condition was so limited, they shared one room which simply divided with furniture (several years ago, a lot of people in Shanghai, lived in this kind of bad condition). When she had open prayer every day in the room, her grandson and his wife always be disturbed. So it started arguments and violence. After knowing the reason of that family conflict, that pastor told her, she should had prayer in low voice at home, or just have meditation in presence of God. And she did as the pastor said. Half a year past, a Christmas celebration, she came to church with her whole family.        

Another example: Because of some misunderstanding remain in our church; some believers still think that a pattern of dragon is a symbol of devil. So they often search and destroy the pictures and patterns of dragons. But most Chinese people think that they are descendants of dragon. That caused some conflict in many families. (some curios which had dragon on them were damaged by those “faithful” persons.)

So, different culture, different religion’s background and so many non-believers, we have to face. How to keep the conversation with them is also our mission. We need the growth of church. We also need friends. We need mutual understanding. We want to deal with the relationship of Christians and non-believers rightly.

For this, we have started our new work of “theological reconstruction” on contributing to peace, building a harmonious society. We have had discussions about these issues several times in recent years.   

   

4.What would be "traditional ways of reconciliation on family, community, or society level?

  Please give examples.

To sacrifice oneself and forgiveness always are useful ways for traditional ways of reconciliation on family, community, or society level.

As St. Paul said in the Bible “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.11But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”(Romans5:10,11)

A young couple in my church, they are friends of mine. Once they called me urgently. Said they were deciding divorce. My wife and I hurried to get there to persuade them not to do that. They found fault with each other. It was very bad thing. So we helped them to remember the happy things of their family, nice memories of our friendship…and pointed out their mistakes, and told them the truth of love is sacrificed oneself and forgiveness. Finally, we let them review the vows that they’ve ever said in their wedding. Afterward, they confessed each other they reconciled, and love one another as first.      

 

5.Are there any other examples for successful reconciliation coming out of the actual work of your church you would like to share? Please give examples.

In Chinese 56 nations, beside Han nation, we have 55 minorities. Some of them have different religions background. Because of our country eastern part and western economical development uneven.  At that time, there were many western children has lost opportunities of being educated. because of their current economic condition’s limitation. We are participating in a project of Shanghai YMCA/YWCA, at Ningxia, where the Hui zu (a minority of Muslims) live. Most of the children who are helped live in the mountains, and all their life depend on coal mine.

That project is called “The Hope Project” (a project launched in China to help the poor children to go to school). We want through this kind of doing to help them, and narrow the gap of economy, At the same time, we brought the message of love and reconciliation, Therefore to avoid probable conflict, and set up the friendship as well across East to West.

We are building the harmonious society of China, that’s the same direction of our mission.

Praises will be on to God.

     

 

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