Daily Dose, April 9 — Our Vision

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ (Revelation 7:9-10)
 
At Alpharetta Methodist our vision is to be a diverse community…
 
John’s vision in Revelation includes a vision of what the community is like that is developed by God. The kingdom of God is filled with people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages.” The community around the throne of God is nothing if it isn’t a diverse community. Our vision is to be a faith community that reflects this idea. God paints his creation - including humanity - with a wide paintbrush and a pallet filled with different colors and shades.
 
Are we there yet? Not exactly. That’s why the statement of vision is aspirational. It’s something that we’re seeking to be made into, not something we’ve already achieved or attained. It should be no secret to any of us that the community around us is becoming increasingly diverse. This applies to almost any category of classification system that you could think of. SINCE that is the case, and SINCE our church is located right in the middle of that community, then it only makes sense that our church should strive to represent the very same community in which we’re located.
 
We really do want to be a community. A neighborhood of faith. The people of God transcend any building or location. God calls us together to be a community focused on the Gospel, gathered together and bound together by God’s great display of love and affection toward us. As this community is formed, we are all in turn sent back out into the community in which we live to be Christ’s ambassadors. --Rev. Brad Greene