Thanks to Zach for filling in while Pastor Luke was out of town!
The Word of God is not a bunch of words on a page. rather, it is God’s active purpose in relationship to God’s People. God is active in and through his Word. If we reduce our understanding of God’s Word to simply words written on a page, then we blunt the sharpness of the Word for our lives today.
And so we call the Bible is the Word of God, not because God spoke it, but because God speaks it and speaks through it today. The Bible is not a dead monolith, a mere historical record, or simply a book of rules; rather it is a living, breathing, inspiring entity as God’s Holy Spirit moves in us through these ancient words, giving us the fresh breath of life.
This week's sermon...from John 1:1-14
Do you sometimes have trouble reading and understanding the Bible? Then consider joining us (starting July 2) for the Community Bible Experience, an 8-week journey through the whole New Testament. Yesterday during the sermon, Pastor Luke introduced this experience in more depth, but here's the gist of it:
That's it! Would you like to join us? Everyone is invited, whether you have been reading the Bible for years or whether you've never picked it up!
You can find more information here: cbe.covchurch.org. Or contact Pastor Luke with questions.
(Audio and ebook versions of the Bible are available for download. Hard copies will be available at the church. More information about gathering times/places is coming!)
The final piece of the puzzle in evangelism is the Holy Spirit: God’s own action moving through us. Evangelism certainly emerges through us to others in our everyday lives, in those activities of prayer, listening, eating together, serving, sharing. But we also need a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit. We need the Spirit filling us and moving us, prompting us. What makes those ordinary activities evangelism is when we are do them in the Spirit of the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us that others might see God's image shining in us.
This week's sermon...from Acts 2.