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Edge of Our Call as a Christian
Community Is Simply to Be...
reflection on the Lamb of God national
community in New Zealand
by Roger Foley
travel and move around a lot in my service.
As a result I often work with pastors and
people across various streams of the overall
church. This is a huge privilege for me. Yes
I am a Catholic and well committed to my
church, but from the beginning of my journey
in Christ I have been blessed with an
exposure to, and appreciation of, the
richness of the work of God across many
streams and denominations. God is at work in
a greatness and glory far wider than most of
us would see if we are focused only on a
narrow appreciation. A narrow appreciation
can also develop within us a judgemental
approach which for me conflicts immediately
with the words of Jesus in Chapter 17 in the
Gospel of John.
we have a clear warning from Paul in
Ephesians 6:12: ‘For our struggle is not
against flesh and blood, but against the
rulers, against the authorities, against
the powers of this dark world and against
the spiritual forces of evil in the
heavenly realms.’ So why do we invest
ourselves in ‘struggling with mere flesh and
blood’ - because the battle is elsewhere?
great gift to the National Community is our
Nelson Branch where you will find a
sustained long term focus in praying into
protection for us in this spiritual realm.
shared life in ecumenical Christian
In the Lamb of God we have
a particular call within this rich mosaic of
the work of God. It is not an easy call. But
it is an important call because it is a call
of God and its end purpose and intent is
known to God. We are called to live in an
Ecumenical Christian Community. Not just on
Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays. Not just
from 9.00 to 5.00pm. Not just when we feel
like it. Not just for three or four years.
But we are called to substantially live our
Christianity within this particular
Christian Community named the Lamb of God.
national community has its place within the
worldwide ‘Community of Communities’ called
the ‘Sword of the Spirit’, which is
established in twenty-eight
[and growing] with seventy-five members
communities and dozens more in relationship
or formation. Is that a work of God, or not?
It is an amazing work of God, and you and I
are a part of this work.
What do you
do as a Christian community?
As I travel and relate in a variety of
circumstances the most frequent question I
am asked is ‘but what do you do as a
community?’ I have always maintained that
‘simply being’ is our main call.
as a Christian people today and displaying
love, support, forgiveness, and sharing our
lives and praying together, is sufficient in
itself to ‘justify’ our existence.
because of and out of our life together, we
do more. We have outreaches, run seminars,
visit prisons, reach out to those in need,
and a lot more. And here in Christchurch we
live in a cluster, which does impact and
display values to neighbors. It used to be a
nicely laid our part of the city until it
was pounded in the earthquakes.
on the first of September we will have been
living our lives together in very changed
and challenging circumstances for 1,276 days
[and counting] since the devastation hit the
eastern suburbs. But by God’s grace no one
has left the community and walked away
despite the significant increase in stress
and strain and increased daily hardships. If
we were not blessed in grace to ‘live as a
people’ in love and forgiveness and sharing
- we would no longer exist. But the Lord is
with us. And that grace at work is evidenced
to others and it is opening doors because it
is there, it is ‘simply being’ who we are in
our response in this call to live for God.
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Foley is the senior coordinator of the Lamb
of God Community. He and his wife
Veronica live in Christchurch, New