The Inside Column 4/9

Posted in: The Inside Column- Sep 04, 2016 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to you.  We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

Today we welcome Bishop Richard and Hillary.

In his Synod address this year Richard challenged us to embrace a radical faith that calls us to ‘get out of the boat’ and put our faith in a radical God. Here is a exerpt form his address, you can find the full sermon on the Nelson Diocese website.

Radical recommitment – or radical faith begins with a radical confession. In Jesus all the fullness of God is revealed. We sing songs about Jesus being our best friend. We speak of him as ‘our companion on the journey.’ We sit in our comfortable seats – or not so comfortable pews – and listen to good sermons about our good God. But we never get down on our knees in awe of the one ‘who wrought our full salvation.’ When was the last time this Synod was driven to its knees in awesome wonder at the glory of God revealed in Christ? When was the last time we were overwhelmed by the amazing grace of God? There’s just a little bit more to this part of the story because Jesus calls out to them in their fear and says ‘Take courage, It is I.’

Jesus is using the divine name for God – It is I – or more correctly translated ‘I Am.’ I have spent so much time over the past year speaking on the key passage in the whole of Mark’s Gospel – the question Jesus asked his disciples: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Radical faith does not begin with knowing all about Jesus – it begins with knowing Jesus, fully human, fully divine. Radical faith is birthed in this spine-tingling, knee-buckling reality. Yet in so many of the gatherings within the Church Jesus is never mentioned except as the tailpiece to a prayer. The church has domesticated Jesus – far from the picture we see of the glory of the divinity walking on the water in the middle of a storm. No wonder we don’t see things being made new. There’s no power in the Western Church’s Jesus to transform anything! Radical faith begins with a radical confession of a radical God.’

Remember its Quiz Night at 7.00pm this Friday 9 September .Get your team together now. This is a great opportunity to get some friends together and bring them to church for a great night of fun. If you would like to donate a prize for the prize table, drop it in at church office.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Phil

 

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