Thursday, January 19, 2017

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC ::: I Still Believe in the Church

This Sunday we will start a new series where we will intentionally look at some of the ideals that we hold as followers of Christ. Each New Year some of us begin by making a resolution. We become resolute about an ideal we might carry and we begin to make strides in drawing nearer to that ideal. It is a recognition that life might be better if I move closer to my ideal. 

We as a Christian people are given some audacious ideals. Sometimes the space between who God calls us to be and who we are can be substantial. Maybe this is why our tendency is to point out other peoples faults because it keeps us distracted from having to look in the mirror at our own lives. 

When we do look in the mirror our response can be disheartening. We might get defensive , "I am trying the best I can..." We might be self-deprecating, "I just can't ever win." Yet if we can get past these unhelpful voices we will be able to hear with clarity that God is trying to grow us and it is for OUR good. 

I love how Paul talked to the Thessalonian community, "Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters...you have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more..." Paul calls the community to celebrate the places for which God has grown them but also encourages them to grow deeper in love with their brothers and sisters. 

This week we will be looking at the church as an ideal from Acts. We celebrate ways for which we are being the church each and every day in Caswell county but we will also commit together to seeking out ways we might more fully BE the church. 

It is a call for us ALL to contribute and respond in ways that we might grow. A tangible way we are representing this response is for every person to bring ONE can good this Sunday (1/22).