O u r C a lling 19 The gospel we proclaim is alive and gives life: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Ours is not a silent God. His Word is not cast in iron or set in the dead letters of holy books. The Word of God is Christ himself, his presence and his power. This living Word never contradicts the Bible, which testifies to him and his will, but is spoken again and again by the Spirit into human hearts.* He opens our eyes to the meaning of Scripture and teaches us everything we must do. Those who go out to spread the good news must be sent in the name of Christ by a church ­community united in a spirit of repentance and love. They must trace the footsteps of Christ as they lead from one person to another and follow them from house to house and town to town. To the extent that we are given discernment to do this, we will find ourselves where he has already gone, among people whose hearts have already been opened by him. Our task is not to proselytize or judge others, but to witness to the ­greatness of God’s kingdom. 22 So, too, those who remain at home in the church community desire to live in a way that testifies to perfect unity, as a sign to all the world of who Jesus is and what he wills. * Eberhard Arnold, “The Living Word,” in Innerland: A Guide into the Heart and Soul of the Bible (Innenland: Ein Wegweiser in die Seele der Bibel, 1936; published in English 1975). John 10:10 Matt 4:4 Heb 1:1–2 2 Cor 3:1–6; Is 55:10–11 John 1:1–4; Rev 19:11–16 Heb 4:12; Jer 23:29 Deut 30:11–14; Ps 33:6 1 Cor 2:10–16 Luke 24:25–32 John 14:26; 16:12–15 Acts 13:1–3 Rom 10:8–15 John 10:16 Acts 8:26–40; 16:11–15 Acts 10:1–48; 17:10–12 Acts 8:12; 2 Cor 4:1–6 Col 3:17; 1 Thess 1:2–10 Acts 4:32; Phil 2:1–11 Eph 4:1–3; Ps 133