Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
It’s a funny thing, working in a church. You see, the church is full of people, and all those people have hurts, fears, preconceptions, and desires. And for everyone of those people, those things are often different. One prefers this, while another prefers that: One likes spicy food while another zesty. One dresses formally while another dresses casually, and still others seem to dress hardly at all. Some have previous Christian experiences while others come as spiritual but not religious.
And then we dispense Jesus in the expectation that he works as a magic pill and causes everyone to get along in complete harmony, but that’s never the case. It’s still the same group of people with the same past experiences, habits, and baggage.
Which is what makes being part of a church such a challenging (and yet timelessly rewarding) experience. We aim to be people that not only receive grace from Jesus, but express it and share it to others.
Over the next week, we are going to be looking at issues, opportunities, and challenges that the contemporary church faces; issues like baptism/membership, communion, worship style, leadership, and teaching. I’m also open to your suggestions if you’ve got something that you want to hear about. Shoot me an email, or fill out the box below. We’ll look at what it means for the church to live out mutual submission and love, be people of grace, and serve a God that is celebrated as Emmanuel. May this new year be one in which God works powerfully the his church.
Grace and Peace.