Good morning,

This Sunday we will begin a series of messages which will focus on essential foundational beliefs which make up the history and practice of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In this three-week series we will consider a well-known Augustinian statement that has always been foundational to the Restoration movement of which the Disciples are a part. 

The statement is “In essentials unity, in doubtful things (non-essentials) liberty, but in all things love.” 

This, along with, “We speak where the Bible speaks, and we are silent where the Bible is silent,” make up the bedrock of every practice we engage in and define us to our core.

Sunday, we begin with “In essentials unity,” and I will talk about in detail how these three words define Middletown today and how it aligns with our sacramental life. The scriptures are Ephesians 4:1-6 and Acts 2:42-47.

At a time when so much seems to be a question, this series seeks to give each of us a baseline grounded in faith, with which we can engage and define the changing world around us. 

I hope you will take the time to join us this week as we begin this journey of reconnecting to our roots and discover once again why this movement has so much to say to the emerging world around us.

Grace and peace,

Doug