Retreat Wrap-Up…Our Bond

9 01 2009

Hey guys,

 

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a great break and were able to spend some time resting and celebrating the birth of Christ with family and friends.

 

We had a very fulfilling Sundesmos Winter Retreat this past weekend looking at the question: What is a Quaker?  Going into the weekend I was praying up a storm that God would do great things among the Young Adults of WYM.  I was praying for a new passion and revival among us, a purpose and direction and most of all that we would be able to worship and understand our God.  I had told those helping with the Retreat that there were three things I hoped we could apply to Quakerism after the Retreat was finished.  That we could see Quakerism as:

*Attainable – That Quakerism is not something that took place in the past with a bunch of old English people but something that we could have here and now in our lives.

*Relevant – That Quakerism is something that has a place in our current post-modern society and that it meets the spiritual hunger we see our peers longing to fill.

*Hopeful – That Quakerism can move past all the conflict and drama and do the work of Christ in a needy culture and be Church instead of just playing Church.

 

God is good.

 

The whole weekend I kept thinking…man I wish other people were here to see this group, to hear this discussion, to feel this passion and urgency.  The whole weekend I kept thinking why is this working so well…how can we duplicate this throughout WYM and beyond.  And the answers to those questions didn’t really come to me fully until today.  The answer was Jesus.  We had no theological debates about who He was or how we were suppose to respond to Him.  His divinity was assumed, instead of questioned.  His sacrifice was held in reverence instead of mocked.  And it was directly from these understandings that sprung the passion and urgency for a Quakerism that is alive and healthy, living out the words of George Fox “there is even one Christ Jesus who can speak to our condition.”

 

You know the word Sundesmos, comes from the Greek word for “bond” or ‘ligament” used in the New Testament.  We experienced that this last weekend.  But it wasn’t a bond merely held by friends or family, by tradition or obligation, by name or ritual…we were held together by the bond of Christ.

For in him [Jesus Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Col. 1:16-20

 

A friend sent me this video by Louie Giglio, a pastor and evangelist who is behind the Passion Movements (national conferences for Christian College Students), who gave this talk that really explained what happened this weekend as we attempted to look for answers and saw our purpose as Quakers through Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross.

Check it out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0-NPPIeeRk

 

We have a purpose!

 

To the King!

Katy

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