If the apostle Paul was writing to our church today, I wonder if he would not begin like this:
To the church of God in Conroe, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sound familiar? Of course this is how Paul begins many of his letters and specifically the same introduction to his first letter to the Corinthians.
Throughout that letter we find rich theological reflection on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus applied to the specific context and situations of the life of the vibrant city of Corinth and the Christian community therein.
Although we are separated by nearly two millennia and the particular circumstances of our church and surrounding culture have changed, I believe that the impact of the message is the same for us in Conroe as it was for our brothers and sisters in Corinth long ago.
This Sunday, we begin a new sermon series called To The Conroethians, and we’ll look at Paul’s words in 1 and 2 Corinthians as applied to our lives in Conroe today. I encourage you to join in the Bible reading plan where we’ll read these texts and to join us in worship in person and online each week throughout the series.
As Paul would conclude.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
Senior Pastor at First Methodist Conroe