We will wrap up our five-week series on Paul’s letters this Sunday by examining what a Christian life looks like. Paul is very clear about how our faith and new life in Christ is supposed to affect our behavior. He essentially is saying, “If you are raised as a new creation in Christ, then act like it!” In our culture, we have sadly divorced belief and practice. What I mean by this is one can claim to “believe” in Jesus and claim to be Christian without any evidence of the fact in their lives. We have reduced faith to a transactional agreement between us and God that basically states that we will agree to certain assumptions about what we claim as truth - and God for his part will reserve us a place in heaven. End of story. This is by no means the Christian Gospel. Jesus is our Lord, our guide, and our mentor. We are to be changed into an entirely new person through this relationship, even to the point that we began to resemble Christ Himself. I hope you will join together Sunday as we have this extremely important conversation.
About these changes. . .
First I want to begin by seeking forgiveness for my lack of communication surrounding the changes to the 8:00 a.m. service. This goes beyond the change in time to some changes that have taken place in how that service is conducted as the choir will no longer be primary in the 8:00 a.m. service. I failed to let people know this and it is my fault alone as I should have conveyed this information to everyone. If you want to know why these changes were made, please come to the 8:00 a.m. service this Sunday. I will go into detail to the reasoning behind these decisions and I would rather discuss this in person than through writing. I ask that you trust that any decision I make regarding worship is made with the best interest of the church as a whole in mind, not due to any personal preference I may have. Come this Sunday if you want to hear more.