November InterSections – Our Identity in Christ
Welcome to the November 2020 issue of InterSections.
Recent decades have seen rapid social change. Things that once seemed immovable and taken for granted are now widely questioned. Our society believes everyone should be free to define themselves however they wish, but can’t offer any firm categories or values by which to choose. But as Christians we don’t need to define ourselves by our jobs or which ethnic group we belong to. This issue focuses on finding our identity in Christ. He is that fixed point by which we can see ourselves for who we truly are. It’s in Him that we find our true sense of belonging and connection with others.
Our Feature article considers what it means for us to find our identity in Christ and how that changes our own identity. Christian Bargholz discusses in Food for Thought about the temptations of virtue-signalling and what that can teach us about our Christian identity. We also interview three new Christians, asking them how their decision to follow Jesus has changed them and how they see themselves.
Church Scene features results from the latest Klesis church survey, illustrating some challenges facing Churches of Christ in Australia. In our International Letter, Gordon Hogan reflects on Ezekiel and our prophetic call to share the Gospel. In the News, it’s encouraging to see some events back up and running after the pandemic hiatus: the annual Bible Bowl and Camp Revive were both a success despite taking place online over Zoom. There’s a report about a recent webinar where church leaders from around Australia met to discuss their churches’ ongoing efforts to deal with the pandemic. Also our new Facebook page is now online—we’d love for our readers to get involved!
As this difficult year draws to a close, let’s remember God’s goodness
and all the blessings we have in Christ.
The Editorial Team
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'The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth does not dwell in temples made with hands;
...He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things;'
Acts 17:24-25 (NASB)