Grace Communion International recently held a worldwide conference in Orlando, Florida. More than 1100 members and elders from around the world spent four days together seeing old friends, renewing acquaintances, making new friends and learning more about our faithful heavenly Father and our new life in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
It reminded me that God is in the business of building community – bringing us into a life of communion with himself and one another. That is what the gospel is all about.
God is love, and love implies a communion between persons.
As James B. Torrance has written, God has his being in communion – the Father loves the Son in the communion of the Spirit and the Son loves the Father in the communion of the Spirit – and he has made us to be in communion with himself and with one another in Jesus.
By God’s indescribable grace and love, the Son of God became human, one of us, sharing our humanity, to take away our sins and unite us in him with the Father.
In Jesus, we are the beloved sons and daughters of the Father in the communion of the Holy Spirit. Our international conference was a small but blessed reflection of that God-given unity in diversity that characterizes believers.
Only in Christ can people from nations, cultures, and races grow together in the love, unity and peace of the Holy Spirit.
During the conference, we were able to interview several of our international mission directors, national directors and others for new segments of GCI Together and for an all new video program, GCI Reflections, that will explore a wide variety of topics related to the Christian life.
We plan to begin posting the new program on our website at gci.org in October.
Our guest conference speakers included Dr. Elmer Colyer and Dr. Gary Deddo, You can see their interviews on our You’re Included video series available on our website.
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I’m Joseph Tkach, speaking of LIFE.