The Phoenix 2013 convention will be centered on theme Citizens of God’s Kingdom: Healed in Hope or Ciudadanos del Reino de Dios: Sanados por la Esperanza.
Explanation of the Convention Theme
by Ervin Stutzman
We are praying that our convention in Phoenix will be a time of renewal and recommitment to God’s reign in the world.
This week we will have an opportunity to grasp a new vision of the depth and breadth of God’s Kingdom, God’s preferred future for the whole created order. We will come to comprehend the profound implications of the claim that “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.
We will hear the call to live as citizens of God’s kingdom, pledging our allegiance to God above all other claims to our loyalty, including the nation in which we live.
We will be invited to acknowledge the ways that we have yielded to the temptations of this present world, and to turn away from the destructive effect of our misplaced allegiances.
We will hear assurances of God’s healing grace, love and forgiveness as we seek to align ourselves with God’s restorative purposes in the world.
We will be sent into the world, empowered by God’s Spirit to be signs and instruments of God’s salvation, justice and peace.
There are four key scriptures that have been chosen to guide our focus throughout the week.
• Psalm 24:1
• Philippians 3:20-21
• Romans 5:1-5
• Ephesians 2: 14-22
Read more about the theme and scripture selection here.
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The opinions of the bloggers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mennonite Church USA. Bloggers were selected to represent the diversity of our church and to offer reflections on convention based on their own experiences and perspectives.
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