Ours is a congregation, which desires to reflect the preeminence of Christ in all things through the power of the Holy Spirit unto the glory of God the Father.
So we preach Christ crucified in all of Scriptures as the only Redeemer of the world, able to forgive us of our sins, no matter how big or many; able to transform us, no matter how broken or vile; able to unite us, no matter how diverse our backgrounds; and able to give us true joy and peace, no matter what our circumstances may be.
We believe that our mission is impossible apart from the life-giving, life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit, which is made available to us through prayer.
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Knowing the seriousness of this situation, "the whole assembly of the people of Israel gathered at Shiloh to make war against them" (v. 12). This was not because they were warmongers. What they wanted more than anything was to have the other tribes repent of their apparent sin. So, the Cisjordan tribes did something magnanimous. In calling them to repentance, they offered to share their inheritance with them (v. 19). But fortunately, this was a huge misunderstanding. When they confronted the Transjordan tribes, they discovered the truth. They were not building a different altar for the sake of offering sacrifices! It was not even because they wanted to have their own religious center so they didn't have to cross the Jordan to go to Shiloh for worship. After all, they built the altar on the west side of the Jordan, not on the east side where they lived (v. 10).
Why did they build this altar, then? They too were concerned about the possible negative impact of their physical separation. They were afraid that, because they lived on the east side of the Jordan, they would be treated like second-class citizens. Though they lived on the other side of the Jordan, they were fellow citizens with the tribes that lived in the land of Canaan. That was why the altar was built on the west side of the Jordan. That was why they built it so huge ("an altar of imposing size," v. 10). This way, they could see it from the other side of the Jordan as a reminder of their equal membership in the kingdom of God with the people of Israel on the west side.