One aspect of our calling as followers of Jesus and as churches is to be transforming agents for good in our communities. We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors, joining him in reconciling and restoring all things back to him, including our communities.
II Corinthians 5:18-20 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.”
How do we carry out this ministry of reconciliation and restoration? VIA is highlighting some examples of how some churches are working to do this in their communities. In this issue, there are stories of how Crestview Church in Boulder is supporting a formerly homeless person in their community and how EHCC Reach Groups are connecting with their neighbors. You can also read how a new ministry, Jesus on Colfax, is working to love the people and impact the community of East Colfax in Aurora. We hope these stories might encourage you to consider how God may be calling you to engage with your community? —Donn Hansum, Director