“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
The Apostles went about bearing witness to what they saw and heard regarding Jesus and all He accomplished for God’s purposes. As Christians we are called to bear witness to their witness, in our words and deeds proclaiming Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension, lordship, and imminent return.
Yet how well have people been able to see Jesus in us, individually and/or collectively? How faithful has our witness been for Christ? And how might we bear more faithful witness to Jesus as Christians and churches?
We consider the nature of the witness of the church and how the church ought to bear witness to Jesus.
Racial inequality has been a staple of American society since its creation. We wish Christians and the church bore more faithful witness regarding racial inequality. We confess and lament.
Economic inequality will never go away entirely, but such does not absolve Christians and churches regarding its challenges. We can surely do better.
Gender inequality has also been the norm for some time, and many Christians and churches, in their zeal for upholding the apostolic witness, have nevertheless justified and rationalized the advancement of patriarchy.
Politics have been tearing America apart. Some unholy marriages between faith and politics have come about in American society. But there can be ways we can faithfully witness to Jesus in the political realm.
Christians and churches are often accused of being obsessed with sexuality. Whenever they have considered sexuality in terms of societal frameworks things have not gone well; nevertheless, there is a sexual ethic of Jesus and the Apostles to which Christians should bear witness.
At the Venice church of Christ we seek to bear faithful witness to Jesus in all things, and welcome you to come participate with us! Find out more about our assemblies or contact us!