The Church as a Learning community part 1
"As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD.’ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.” (Ezekiel 33:30-32)
It is common to see the local church as a worshipping or even a caring community. I prefer to think of the church primarily as a learning community, which includes worship and caring as experiences that lead us to deeper learning and spiritual development.
We as leaders/teachers are called to faithfully proclaim God’s Word in a culturally clear and compelling way. We do so with the learner’s development as our outcome, yet our dilemma is often that of Ezekiel. The responses we get seem positive, yet have no real impact on our community of learners.
Ultimately, our call as leaders is faithfulness and not results. This does not diminish our responsibility to be both faithful to God’s Word and culturally compelling, addressing the needs of our people. But ultimately the outcomes and results are accomplished by the Holy Spirit, who is at work through His Word.
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