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A Word from Our Pastor

Basics...

Our culture seems to run in a cycle with the school year at the center. Schedules are different when school is not in session and families take the opportunities provided to go places and do things. When school starts the cycle begins again. So here we are in December and our church which follows the school year cycle is winding to start all sorts of things and even beginning to look forward to the holiday season, now only a few months away. It is a good time to look at basics. Things like why we gather together and what direction is God leading us?

 

Answers to broad questions like this are often difficult to answer. We want simple answers to difficult to answer. Teaching Bible studies and preaching gives me a lot of opportunities to see a bigger picture than I would if I was reading Scripture by myself. Because I am working with three of four different sections of the Bible in the same week I often see similarities and differences that I would otherwise miss and sometimes these insights help me to address these kinds of questions.

 

As we were studying Jesus Last Discourse in the Gospel of John I began to see one of these patterns that might help us to answer one of the Basic questions that are important to us as we try to move forward as a people of God. In John 17 Jesus prays for his disciples that will be left in the word both in his time and in the future. As the class worked through the chapter we pulled out four distinct things for which Jesus prayed.

 

 

1) That we may be one. (John 17:11)
The unity of the church and the people who make up those communities of the people of God is extremely important. If we wonder why the people in the word around us discount our faith we only need to look at how badly fractured we are as a people of God. If we can’t get along with each other why should others listen.

 

 2) That we be protected. (John 17:14-15)
We are in the world but not of the world. We also believe different things about grace and basic
morality, not to mention God’s own self. That is not always going to make us popular.



3) That we be sanctified in the truth to fulfill Jesus’ purpose. (John 17:17-18)

There are a lot of things that Jesus did, but his main purpose was to preach the Gospel and spread the Good News of God’s love to all people.



4) That the love of God in Christ Jesus be in us all. (John 17:26)

The centrality of this prayer and the final piece is love. In each of the other pieces of this puzzle love either is the reason for Jesus request or the only way that his purpose might be accomplished. We will never be one of be able to truly communicate the Good News until we realize that not only are we the beloved of God but so is the person we are speaking with.



So how do we find our place within the will of God? How do we as a church come together as one to accomplish God’s purpose? It seems as if we as a church and there is only one church just as there is only one faith one Baptism and one Lord of all are so badly shattered that there truly is no hope pf coming together. This is where those Bible study insights come in. I was also looking at First Corinthians 13 at this time and I remembered Paul saying:

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:11-13)



It seems that we as a people of God throughout the world need to find s more mature perspective. Sometimes we really do act childish. Words like No and Mine need to be replace with Yes and Ours. We need to remember that we are all seeing these things through a glass darkly even the largest points of contention between denominations and people of faith are all shrouded by that same darkness and to insist that your glimpse into the darkness is more the only true vision and separate yourselves from others who have seen something else. In one fell swoop we have shattered the love and the unity of the body of Christ just to justify our own ideas. In doing so we have also set ourselves at odds with everything Jesus has asked God for in his prayer. We need to grow up, to deal with the
uncertainties of our beliefs and walk by faith and not by sight in this uncertain time. We need to realize that even with all the powers, all the theologies and doctrines that Paul speaks truly when he says now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. When we begin to truly come together as one then we will indeed be sanctifies in truth and love will prevail and God’s will shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Let us love one another, even as He has loved us.
Pastor Jim Bliss
September 2014