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Burst the Bubble

Finding your passion for community outreach

BY Sung K. Kwon

The purpose of being a disciple is not only to proclaim the good news, the word of salvation, but also to demonstrate the love of God to people who are in need. We cannot come out of the darkness and simply bask in His marvelous light; we need to go back into the darkness and make a difference. We are chosen by God to be “salt” and “light.”

Wherever we are in the world—individually or collectively as the Adventist Church body—the surrounding environs must be different, transformed by our faithful presence amongst them. When we say we are Christians, we are not talking about self-serving Christianity, but other-serving Christianity. A Christianity that reflects Jesus’ heart of servant hood.

We must make the shift from just going to a church to being a church in the world around us. We must pray for God’s intervention in our own lives, listen to people’s struggles and challenges, and look for opportunities in the neighborhoods and communities that surround us to serve and demonstrate God’s love. Only then will we witness real change—changes in lives and changes in our communities.


Publisher: Pacific Press

ISBN: 9780816363414

Format: Paperback

Qty on Hand: 1 In Stock

Pages: 160

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Do we “come to church week after week and systematically and mechanically participate in a religious ritual”? Do we “pray every day for the kingdom of God to be a reality on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10)? Do we really know what this means, especially in a practical sense?
In Burst The Bubble, Sung Kwon—executive director of Adventist Community Services for the North American Division—urges us all not to be like the Pharisees and Sadducees of old, but to “carry out the mission of turning the world upside down” as God has called us to do. He points out the contrasts between the ways the early church was organised, with its outreach through practical service, and how today’s church often focuses on merely sharing what we believe. This paradigm shift causes the perception that Christians as a whole are only interested in being right and not in the needs of their wider community.
As I began reading Burst the Bubble, I was worried that it would be telling me something that a lot of our community-minded church members already know, that we need to meet people where they are—and it does. However, the main focus of the book is on developing strategies, not only to put the good ideas into practice through training and intentional programs, but also to be able to assess if what we are doing is successful, which is often difficult as results cannot always be justified by visitors to church. The author encourages us to look at the big picture: to become a church that not only meets the immediate needs of our neighbours but strives to encourage community development and eventually social change.
Burst the Bubble is great for those looking for a practical outline for mission service whether you are just starting out or already have community projects well under way.
—Sonia Knight, Resources Manager, Adventist Media Network

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