5. Window



Does the world see:
nA reflection of itself?
nA reflection of us?
nA distorted image?
nA reflection of Christ?



“all too often the church holds up a mirror reflecting back the society around it, rather than a window revealing a different way”
Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing about Grace? p. 262.
“Our worship, especially, must be such a window – but not a plain one. Truly, if our worship immerses us in the splendor of God and forms us to be Church as a community practicing God’s way of life, we will be a glorious stained-glass window, proclaiming the beauty of Christ’s salvation.”
p. 103. Marva J. Dawn ‘A Royal”Waste” of Time
What does the world see, when it looks through our window?



(2 Cor 3:15-18 NIV) Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. {16} But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. {17} Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. {18} And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

(2 Cor 4:1-7 NIV) Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. {2} Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. {3} And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. {4} The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. {5} For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. {6} For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. {7} But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Christ in you, the hope of glory...(Col 1.27)


 What does this mean for me?

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