Being in isolation #7 Mission work

In the preceding articles we looked at the reasons why it is not so goo to have one person to be in isolation. We also argued that the person or persons living in isolation should know and feel they are not on their own. In a way it might be the task for those who live in larger community or do not live in isolation to help those who live in isolation. Those idolated should be able to feel they are really part of a Christian community that is alive and kicking well. They also should have access to enough material to feed them in their religious adventure. This can be by printed magazines or letters as well as by the modern media, having access to Christadelphian magazines and websites which can offer enough material to think about.

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English: Across the Shingle to Lade The shingl...
Across the Shingle to Lade The shingle gives a feeling of desolation and isolation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Too many of the society forget how such facilities can help to take the feeling of isolation away. Giving sources and material to those in isolation gets them out of the spiritual isolation and may give to them a feeling of belonging to a brotherhood. In such a way our Belgian ecclesia, though we are not with many, being taken up in the ecclesia of Newbury makes us feeling that we are accepted as fellow brothers and as such feeling we are accepted to be part of the brotherhood of Christadelphians.

For an ecclesia that has its own church members, not having to take care of another ecclesia it may seem not important to associate with other people so far away, even having kilometres of water creating a big border. But such associations with other ecclesiae only can strengthen the brotherhood and can create a chain in which others may come to believe too.

English: The isolation of Ess.
The isolation of Ess. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because being with not many makes others reluctant to join. The isolation or the being on their own of people who claim to have the truth is less convincible than to see that others also have such a belief and want to be connected with them.

When there are some people just on their own, living in an isolated religious surrounding, the individual coming into contact with such a small secluded Group shall be easier to accept that such isolation shall have to be only a temporary necessity.

When facing more connections others shall be more eagerly to join and being able to meet at some place, in the living room of a member or in a public place, those coming to be interested to join shall see that there is a connection with others and shall offer an opportunity to seek to remove that isolation by witnessing unto the Truth and thus seeking to gather a congregation of those who share with him the whole of God’s Truth.

This is precisely the manner in which so many of the early Christian congregations were founded. When persecution set in at Jerusalem, the Christians were scattered. They moved from place to place, not with languid hearts and sealed lips, but with throbbing hearts and lips bursting to confess the way of life that they had found in the Lord.

When those who are willing to connect with the isolated ones create a bond and do continue to have regular contacts, by e-mail and internet meetings, gates are opened to keep the ground fertile.

Those in isolation should always remember that Jesus has never relieved the individual of the responsibility of being a witness and a light and a salt. He never said we only could work in and as a group. It would be nice to go with two or more, but even if we are on our own, alone, we should dare to go out and preach the Gospel of the coming Kingdom. It is not because we are in isolation that we can permit ourselves to stay in isolation and be happy with ourselves being on ourselves. Being in isolation it would be too easy also to shift everything onto the bigger ecclesia. To shift that responsibility entirely to the group, the ‘ecclesia’ or ‘church body’ would be a totally wrong attitude.

When what we today consider the regular ways and means for doing mission work are not available, then we must revert to the ways and means frequently used by the early Christian Church, and used successfully!

On our own we do try to follow up the task given by Jesus Christ to all his followers. Living in isolation recognising the isolation of so many in ancient times we can put hope form their work and their strong will to continue to do the work of God.

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Preceding articles

Being in isolation #1 Baptists making an important choice

Being in isolation #2 Looking at the word “Isolation”

Being in isolation #3 Gathering and Sharing

Being in isolation #4 Man’s greediness, slackness, internet, friends and social contacts

Being in isolation #5 Isolated Biblical figures and Confessional isolation

Being in isolation #6 to Hear Call from God and breaking isolation

Internet meeting 2016 March 30, Tuesday

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Additional reading

  1. People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations
  2. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  3. Catholicism, Anabaptism and Crisis of Christianity
  4. Being religious has benefits even in this life
  5. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  6. To whom do we want to be enslaved
  7. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  8. Inculturation today calling for a different attitude
  9. Priority to form a loving brotherhood
  10. How To Get Started In Sharing Your Faith As a Christian
  11. Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers
  12. Quibbling siblings united or allied children of an organisation or a church
  13. Attackers silenced freedom of speech
  14. 72 Synod Fathers on the topic “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world”
  15. Congregation
  16. Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers
  17. Frank risks taking
  18. Church sent into the world
  19. The work I do, let it be done good
  20. Jehovah’s Witnesses not only group that preach the good news
  21. Oratory Style
  22. Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news

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Further reading

  1. Let brotherly love continue. – Hebrews 13:1
  2. If you could…
  3. Who is called to mission work?
  4. It ain’t easy
  5. Questioning Priorities
  6. 5 Feelings You Go Through Post Volunteer Trip
  7. Rio Indio and the Soup Kitchen
  8. Your Mission Work
  9. Ladies and Gents, I’m Going Abroad
  10. Some Thoughts On Living Off Of Support
  11. When You List Your Personal Strengths, Are You Remembering This One?
  12. Mission Work (#TestimonyTuesday)
  13. Fundraising, and the Promised Land
  14. Nepal, 2016, Part Two
  15. An Ethiopian Adventure
  16. Lessons learned (and relearned) from years of service and mission work, both locally and abroad:
  17. Missions Trip 2016 – Deming, New Mexico (Land Of Enchantment)
  18. What is Trades of Hope and How Are We Changing The World?
  19. On Being an Earthkeeper
  20. Jesus, Gentrification, and the Hypocrisy of “Diversity”: An Interview with D.L. Mayfield
  21. Look Who Came To Town
  22. It Makes Sense to Take Risks
  23. Walk With Us
  24. What will you do now?
  25. just go

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