In many ways it has been sad to see all the things that stand in the way of us sharing the Good News - but most of it is church doctrine that doesn’t match our experience of God’s work in the world and in many ways doesn’t match the story of Jesus that we read in the Bible.
There is a great deal of change happening to both our conference and our denomination, and as we figure out what it means to tell people about Jesus, we also need to understand who we are as part of a larger church. I am so grateful to be part of a congregation where relationship is valuable. The church really does need to be connected to other churches - we need relationship. That is why we as individuals come together as a church, and that is why this church joins together to be part of conference and that conference joins as part of a denomination.
We shape and teach and mold each other. We watch for the Spirit of God that closes doors and opens windows. We watch together, and we share with each other the often unexpected Good News. Sometimes we are the ones surprising others, and sometimes watch while others break new ground for the Kingdom of God here on Earth.
I pray that my work on this inclusive Bible study will be a blessing to the broader church - and that it can encourage other Christians to work together - across different interpretations of the Bible - across different beliefs - so that we can be partners for the Gospel - so that we can have eyes that see the Holy Spirit working even where we don’t expect it, and mouths to proclaim the goodness and grace of Christ.
Let us proclaim that Good News of Jesus Christ, Son of God - May it bring joy and peace!
- Bob Brown, Pastor