We could say that the community that Jesus founded is to be characterized by its localness in the sense that it is rooted in a person, Jesus. It is the itinerant person, not a place, that gives the community its local identity. The way Jesus showed was a way open to everyone. He called everyone and invited everyone to convert and be transformed. The Jesus community is ‘on the road’… The follower of Jesus can never complacently sit down…

“Jesus refused to settle down. He did not choose buildings in which to institutionalize his community. The Jesus community is defined by a person, not a location. He called his disciples out of their ordinary life and invited them to an new way of life.  Jesus’ way of doing theology changed the life of his followers entirely.

– Clemens Sedmak, Doing Local Theology

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