August 1, 2021
Question of the Week
How would you define peace?
Like so many words, when a person says “peace” they could mean many different things. Most often what they really mean is being left alone to do what they want, when they want, how they want. What they really mean is they are getting their way.
This isn’t peace. It’s actually something better. But what could be better than getting “my way”? Let’s dig in this week and see what we can find.
Grace and, yes, peace y’all,
J. Ray and the teaching team
The Big Idea:
Any understanding of the Good News must be centered in the promise and practice of Shalom.
Reorienting our understanding away from “personal salvation” towards an expansive restorative vision for all of creation is essential to our understanding and proclamation of the Gospel
How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe? Our peace is not something we create or achieve, but is a gift from God we receive and practice. That practice begins by welcoming all others who are seeking it, by welcoming “whosoever will”. Through this practice we ourselves are more and more conformed into the image of Jesus who first welcomes us. This practice, experience and the testimony of those who have gone before us forms our confession of faith.
How does this fit with "Belong, Become, Believe"?
The Good News has to be, truly, Good News for everyone, or it’s not really Good News. All of our belonging is rooted in the Gospel. The experience of the Good News is the experience of being welcomed, wanted and beloved. The more we reflect this as a church, the more we come to reflect the Gospel both in action and in word.
We take a look at hospitality with Laura Holland