Summary: We're called to go locally and globally.
Rev. Brian Bill
October 8-9, 2016
I came across some word combinations that are awkward and yet surprisingly useful.
• Cellfish – An individual who continues talking on their phone so as to be rude or inconsiderate of other people.
• Carcolepsy – A condition where a passenger falls asleep as soon as the car starts moving.
• Unkeyboardinated – When you’re unable to type without repeatedly making mistakes.
• Youniverse – Used to indicate that a person has knowledge only of him or herself; their universe consists only of them.
Here’s one more awkward word…
• Glocal - Reflecting or characterized by both local and global considerations since we’re called to make disciples both locally and globally.
It’s not either/or but both/and. It’s not whether we minister locally or globally but that we minister locally and globally. It’s not my neighborhood or yours, but my neighbors and your neighbors. It’s not Rock Island or Davenport but Rock Island and Davenport. It’s not one of the Quad Cities but the entire Quad Cities area. It’s not Illinois or Iowa; it’s Illinois and Iowa. It’s not our country or the continents but our nation and all the nations. It’s not local or global but glocal, because we’re called to engage globally and locally.
We see this clearly in Acts 1:8. Listen for the word “and” as I read: “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 end of the earth.”
Here’s a helpful way to see the balance between local and global:
Jerusalem: Natural spheres of influence of the church
Judea: Geographically near, culturally similar people
Samaria: Geographically near, culturally different people
Ends of the Earth: Geographically distant, culturally different people
We’ve been looking at ways that God is calling us to engage this fall – so far we’ve focused on engaging in prayer, engaging in groups and engaging in the ordinances. It’s our pleasure to have Manuel and Kim Contreras with us this weekend as they help us engage Glocally. They are members of our Go Team serving in the inner city of Fresno.
Let’s turn to Acts 8 and discover four different phases of living Glocally.
1. Preparation. As the early church was beginning to experience growth, the disciples realized that they were dropping the ball by not caring for the widows among them. So seven men were chosen who according to Acts 6:3 were known to be “of good repute, full of the Spirit and wisdom.” Among these first deacons of the early church was a man named Philip.
BTW, I must give full disclosure at this point. Our grandson is named Philip and he and his mother were here last weekend. It’s going to be difficult to not insert the nickname Pip whenever I come across the name Philip. Let’s see how I do with this.