“Christ did not himself work to develop culture, nor was he “active only in the sense of pious contemplation.” His own work was that of doing the work of the Father, proclaiming the kingdom in word and deed. It is the proper work of the Son to witness to the Father (John 5:32), the proper work of the Spirit to witness to the Son (John 15:26; 14:26), while the Father witnesses to its truth (John 1:18; 5:36; 8:18;17:26). Therefore witness is internal to the life of God. Fellowship with Jesus Christ requires that the Christian act in correspondence to the nature of his own acting. As Christ exhibits no breach between his being and his act, neither can his community. Christian existence cannot be “an end itself. As fellowship with Christ, it is in principle and a nature a service. It is witness.”  — John Flett, The Witness of God, p. 179

I wonder how many churches — Nazarene or otherwise — are really embracing the idea that Flett expresses: that being in fellowship with Christ requires acting as Christ would act. The idea of service and witness don’t seem to sit easily with many today, when it seems like many come to be served rather than to serve others. Rather,  many of our churches seem full to the brim of what Barth described as “deeply suspect pious egocentricity.”

I am convinced at this point that for the Church to have an effective witness to the world, it needs to rediscover and reprioritize the Doctrine of the Trinity. Lesslie Newbigin has pointed out that it is significant that, “when one goes outside the ‘Christendom’ situation to bring the Gospel to non-Christians, one soon discovers that the doctrine of the Trinity is not something that can be kept out of sight; on the contrary, it is the necessary starting point of preaching.” (Trinitarian Doctrine for Today’s Mission, p. 35)

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