The Others Week 3: Notes and Quotes

August 23rd, 2016 | Discipleship, Sermon Topic

Notes and Quotes from Week 3

  • “Our tribal identity is today asserting itself as a powerful force, especially in cases where cultural heterogeneity is combined with extreme imbalances of power and wealth. It may not be too much to claim that the future of our world will depend on how we deal with identify and difference. The issue is urgent. The ghettos and battlefields throughout the world- in the living rooms, in inner cities, or on the mountain ranges- testify indisputably to its importance.” Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace
  • We are each sent to others with a gift to give AND a need to receive
  • God is a sending God and we are His sent people.
  • When the others heard the word of God they believed Him. When confronted with their sin, the others immediately repented.
  • Jonah could learn a lot from the others. They are discipling him in how to respond to God’s word.
  • The role of God’s sent people is not just to give a gift to others, but to invite them into the community of God to give us their gifts as well.
  • “Creation is an intricate pattern of separate and bound together entities. In Genesis, God creatively separates light from darkness, day from night, water from land, sea creatures from land animals. And yet at the same time God binds things together: Humans to the rest of creation as stewards and caretakers, to himself as bearers of his image, to one another as perfect compliments.” “Our identity includes connection and difference. We are who we are not because we are separate from others who are next to us, but because we are both separate and connected both distinct and related, the boundaries that mark our identities are both barriers and bridges.” -Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace.
  • To fully live out the one another’s of the New Testament, we need the others in our life.

Jon Ritner joined Ecclesia as Lead Pastor in August of 2015. Before moving to LA, Jon had served for three years as a Pastor in a small church plant in Brussels, Belgium and for 10 years as a Pastor in a large church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Jon and his wife, Kristyn, have been married since 2002 and have two children, Addy (10) and Jax (7). Jon is a native of New York and a graduate of The College of William and Mary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Also, he keeps himself humble by rooting for the Chicago Cubs and playing pick up basketball with guys half his age.

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