With God’s help, Plow Creek Fellowship, a Christian intentional community, seeks to be a global village sharing God’s message of reconciliation and practicing the peace and love of Jesus. Our worship and community life, common work, and structures support this call and mission. One particular structure, our common Rule of Life, will help us live out our calling to share the message of reconciliation and walk in peace and love.
In “What is an Anabaptist Christian” Palmer Becker outlines the basic core values of Anabaptists:
- Jesus is the center of our faith
- Community is the center of our lives
- Reconciliation is the center of our work
He states “being a Christian from an Anabaptist perspective is a combination of believing in Jesus, belonging to community, and behaving in a reconciling way” (2008, Becker).
In II Corinthians 5: 17-21 Paul states:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
We believe that God is calling Plow Creek Fellowship, leaders of a Christian community, to the message of reconciliation in four primary areas:
- Reconciliation of people to God
- Reconciliation of people to Others
- Reconciliation of man/woman to Self
- Reconciliation of people to Creation
(See Rule of Life: God, Others, Self, Creation)