Saturday, 14 May 2011

Stealth preaching

I read an interesting comment on the Revgals preacher party today about the early church as described in Acts - that it wasn't a community where everything was great but rather a Christian response to difficult times. That idea of the church pulling together in response to hardship is one that is particularly haunting me. Locally we seem content to immerse ourselves in what is negative and dispiriting, often overlooking all that is positive and affirming. And, nationally, rather than allow the love of Christ to triumph and to have the final say, we worry away at threads until we've got an unravelled mess to contend with.
The example of the Christian church in Acts, a church under persecution is a picture of folk, in love, doing what they could, occupying themselves with what was, and is, important - clothing the poor, feeding the hungry, loving one another. Creating God's kingdom on earth. Living the gospel instead of merely alluding to it now and again.

4 comments:

Sharon said...

"Living the gospel instead of merely alluding to it now and again." WOW! That is exactly what I'm attempting to say in my sermon. You said it so so well!

ElastiGirl said...

Beautiful post Liz! I, too, have been intrigued by the comment today and how it translates in this broken diocese right now. It is very relevant to our diocese that seems sometimes to be fearful about the future.

Beth said...

'living the gospel instead of alluding to it now & again' - ouch - LOVE IT - the sting i know i need to hear/receive - challenges me - luv

Mary Beth said...

Amazing. Thanks.

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