“Bee” Missionaries Part II

We continue our “Bee” Missionary series with a simple declaration. I wanted to share this last week but felt it best to have it as a stand alone declaration for all to read.

The “Bee” Missionary Declaration is adapted from the book Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf. For the record Volf doesn’t use this “bee” terminology, although I think the analogy still fits. Here is how he prefaces the following declaration.

“Let me suggest a confession-like text that expresses the need for ecumenical community in the struggle against ‘new tribalism.’ I will follow the format of the Barmen Declaration.”

So here you go…I will re-title it the “Bee” Missionary Declaration:

“You [Jesus Christ] were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation. [Revelation 5:9] There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus [Galatians 3:28].

All the churches of Jesus Christ, scattered in diverse cultures, have been redeemed for God by the blood of the Lamb to form one multicultural community of faith. The ‘blood’ that binds them as brothers and sisters is more precious than the ‘blood,’ the language, the customs, political allegiances, or economic interests that may separate them.

We reject the false doctrine, as though a church should place allegiance to the culture it inhabits and the nation to which it belongs above the commitment to brothers and sisters from other cultures and nations, servants of the one Jesus Christ, their common Lord, and members of God’s new community.”

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