Today I read chapter 13 -- first in the second section called The Society of the Jesus Creed -- entitled A Society of Transformation. And I am immediately reminded again of the Covenant Formulary: In Christ + Like Christ = With Christ. Scot (p. 127) speaks of the importance of the term Kingdom of God, defining it basically as: the kingdom is the society in which the Jesus Creed transforms life. In the here and now of daily human existence, not the then and there of Jesus' return and what follows.
This means that we must first join this society. That is where the "in Christ" comes in, with the accepting of the New Covenant. But once one is "in Christ" one must join this society -- this cluster of believers who love God by following Jesus and living out the Jesus Creed by loving others. The "like Christ" society of transformation. The world has known them for years by the word "church" ... but, alas, this word has been terribly compromised. Sigh! :^(
And so we are called, this generation, to order pockets of this Kingdom society afresh -- returning to our roots in order to grow again ... no, flourish. The evidence for this old dance -- one step left, two steps right -- is cropping up everywhere. And I am encouraged by this, almost 26 months out from the vision for CovenantClusters.
Here's what I wrote in my Jesus Creed Journal this morning:
One of the important components in the vision for CovenantClusters is this very idea of a transforming society. I believe that it requires an intentional community in order to overcome the extreme isolation of the current individualistic society we live in.
We must have an environment where all are both encouraged to go deeper in relationship to Jesus (loving God) and to be accountable to live out the Jesus Creed together. To live out the Kingdom now in the midst of their everyday life.
This is cHesed and the life of the Hasidim of Jesus -- clusters of transformed societies out in the neighborhoods!
Radical words call for radical actions....
Dancing with Papa and Jesus and Sarayu.