Brexit and your responsibilities

Global Connection’s raison d’être is global mission with our partners and members. Our primary responsibility under God is to keep global mission before God in prayer (Acts 6:4) and before the UK church. We are called to be focused on Jesus, and then the needs of the world, and not be side-tracked by important but secondary issues (Hebrews 12:1-3). A temptation in challenging times can be to lose our external, outward-looking perspective and become focused upon ourselves and our needs (1 Cor. 10:14). Church history offers plenty of examples to illustrate this point. I encourage you to keep our eyes on our primary calling to global mission – our horizons are and must remain global. Let’s encourage each other to look beyond our own shores and continue to call the UK church to global mission (Acts 1:8).

However, we almost certainly reflect the divisions within the country: we will have different perspectives on Brexit and upon what policies the UK government should be pursuing. We have the choice to allow these divisions to come between us as the UK’s missional community – or to find ways to maintain and deepen our unity (Eph. 4:3-6). Jesus called us to unity in Him so that the world might believe (John 17:23). We must obey Christ in this call to unity if we are to remain faithful to our calling to world evangelisation.

We follow Jesus, who claimed to be the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). We are committed to this Jesus, and it follows that therefore we are committed to upholding truthfulness and policies that affirm life, especially life in all its fullness (John 10:10). Thus we stand against destructive forces and lies (1 Pet. 5:8, John 8:44). In all of our dealings with one another, and with people and organisations outside of our network, let us reflect these commitments, conducting ourselves with grace.

Underlying these points, let us devote ourselves to prayer and humble service (Eph. 6:18, Phil. 2:1-5) seeking the well-being of this nation (Jer. 29:7) and those where we have people labouring under God in the missio Dei.

The views expressed in this blog post are personal to the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the GC network.

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John Baxter-Brown

John Baxter-Brown

Chief Executive Officer at Global Connections
John Baxter-Brown, or JBB as he is usually known, has previously worked as consultant to the World Council of Churches (on evangelism), World Vision International (on Church Partnerships) and Compassion International (on children and youth in mission). In addition to his role with Global Connections, he serves as Senior Advisor in Evangelism for the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance and occasionally lectures in mission and evangelism at universities and colleges. Throughout his ministry, JBB has worked in evangelism, youth and children’s work, theological education and training, and ecumenism, at local church through to global levels. He has edited and authored numerous books, chapters, journals and articles. He is married with two teenage daughters and two dogs and lives in Wiltshire.
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