Maybe it was our 15th year, or our 47th year, or your 93rd year; when FDR or Eisenhower or Reagan or Clinton was president; when Brown or Brown or Brown again was governor, but some of us remember when the Word of God came into our wilderness. Some of us are still there waiting.
Christians are those who challenge the Pilate's of their own day, who expose all leaders who abuse their position, all governments that oppress the people, all systems that mistreat the poor. Christians are those who speak truth to power and have the courage to do so because their king and their kindom is not of this world.
It's a good thing that grace is as pervasive as gravity, because we're going to need it. Sometimes we'll try and fail to be the person or the church God wants us to be. If we keep reaching for the power of the resurrection, there is no end to the life we can live, no limit to the love we can experience, no telling what joy we’ll come to know as we get to know Christ.
Paul says, "You are the body of Christ and individually members of it." [12:27] Imagine that we are all cells in that corporate body. Now, if we go rogue, if we all wander around, doing our own cellular thing without regard to the effects on anyone else, then we are doing exactly what cancer cells do. And if someone doesn't put a stop to it, we'll kill the body.
A lot of folks never come to church because they are afraid of the God-police showing up. THE question isn't "Are you pure and clean?" but "Are you going on to perfection?" That's what John Wesley would say. He didn't fault people for having dirty hands. He showed them the line for the sink. He didn't condemn folk for not having arrived at holiness. He just wanted to make sure that they were on their way.
Whether we have a bit of meal like the widow in Zarephath or two copper coins like the widow in Mark's Gospel or some time on our hands and some hard-won wisdom, we have a gift to give and God has chosen us to give it. See also Mark 12:41-44.
Lisa Jacobs called us all to account in her sermon on September 30. You thought it was so good, you cheered. Well, this is the sequel. I have a pulpit-side chat with you about the church and its finances and its future filled with hope. I promise to be as honest as Lisa was. If you've ever wondered what's really going on and where we're really going, this would be a good sermon to read.
I’m the Youth Director for this church, and two others. I am more nervous than I ever am preaching now because Rebecca is our Pastor- with a- PHD in all John Wesley and other incredible things and her husband who knows about 400 languages! The bar is set high! My own style is a lot more about personal experience and how God speaks to me through it and scripture.