“They kept on asking each other, what is this? A new teaching?”
Seems like the question for this moment. What is this? We Christians proclaim a Gospel that stands up to supposed authorities. A Gospel that challenges assumed power. A Gospel that rips apart barriers and borders that separate us from God or separate others from God. A Gospel that tears down walls. A Gospel where the dead don’t stay dead. No wonder the world crucified the Gospel.
I’m not sure where Mandy is going Sunday with this text but I wonder when we hear a new teaching, what is our response? When we hear of someone’s testimony of God, which might be different than ours, what is our response? When we hear a challenge to our theology, our denominational loyalty, what is our response?
Are our ears open, eager to experience something new? Do we hope for a different revelation? Do we stand behind our commitment to innovation, to change? Or, do we retreat into the way its always been done?
Pilgrim, we have our own “what is this?” moment before us. Sunday, February 4, immediately after worship, we will gather to learn of Pilgrim’s new way forward for 2018 through the presentation of our 2018 budget. As we discern how God hopes to use us this year in ministry, we are being asked if the budget concretely interprets our mission priorities as church.
We are church together and I pray you offer your voice to these important deliberations.