Citizens meets for two hours weekly for 28 weeks in a year. One hour is spent sharing and praying about what is happening at work and life. One hour is spent considering the reading of the week.
Term 1 - The Gospel of Jesus Christ
In the first term of Citizens we consider the gospel. We trace its full depth an beauty as the captivating story of Jesus Christ. God’s word tells the story of Jesus Christ and lays claim to our whole view of reality and ourselves
‘There is a sense in which the whole of Christian theology… is an exposition of the gospel and its implications. Two thousand years have not exhausted the wonder of it.’
- Mark Thompson, A Clear and Present Word, p.56.
Term 2 - Gospel in the Heart
In the second term of Citizens, we turn all the realities of the gospel we have learned and seek by faith to let the gospel reorder and change our hearts, kill sin and lead to a new life of love. We cannot do good work before the gospel reshapes us.
‘For wherever the soul of man may turn, unless it turns to you, it clasps sorrow to itself. Even thought it clings to things of beauty… beauty would not exist at all unless they came from you.’
- Saint Augustine, Confessions, p.80.
Term 3 - Gospel in the World
In the third term of Citizens after considering what the gospel says about our hearts, we let it speak to the world of our work. Essential for this is comprehending: the nature of common grace, God’s future, creation and the way culture is shaped and changed.
'The church is to go out into the world to enact parables of God's kingdom, loving the world with an extraordinary outpouring of its own life as Christ poured out his life for the church.'
- Kevin Vanhoozer, Faith Speaking Understanding, p.233.
Term 4- Gospel in the Workplace
In the fourth term of Citizens we consider some different areas of work and how we can bring to bear the theological resources upon each of the areas that God has placed us in. How do scripture and the gospel re-shape our vision for different domains of God’s world?
‘The early church was not simply to be conformed to the strange world of sickness and healing it entered but to be transformed -- and transforming -- by the renewing of its communal mind.' -Allen Verhey, Reading the Bible in the Strange World of Medicine, p.2.