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Our mission: Bring back the Good News of Christ

 

By Pastor Stephen A. Curry

I’m a second-career pastor. For nearly 30 years I was a computer programmer. It was a good job and, if you think of how much computers have changed since the 1980s, it was an exciting time to be in that field. Like a lot of jobs, it has its own jargon, its own language that most people outside the field don’t understand and don’t really want to understand. My brother and sister are both in the medical field and there are times I just smile and nod without a clue what they are talking about.

What we in the church forget is that we have our own language, our own “geek speak,” that people outside the church don’t understand. The language makes sense to us but not to the rest of the world. I served Communion to a youth group once. A few weeks later, one of the youth came to me and asked, “Can we do the bread and grape juice thing again?” For those of us who are familiar with “churchy words,” the question may seem funny but it reminds us of our responsibility to make disciples of all nations.

We no longer live in a culture where some familiarity with Christianity and church ritual is the societal norm. We can’t just assume that words like sacrament or incarnation are understood. We are surrounded by classmates, clients, and co-workers unfamiliar with the rituals of Communion or Baptism. Even in writing this, there is an assumption that someone interested enough to read to the third paragraph is already familiar with these concepts or, at least, interested enough to look them up.

Our challenge today is to recapture our culture for Christ. We need to begin at the beginning, bringing the basic message of the Gospel, the Good News of God’s love for us, in a world that has forgotten all about it. As Paul suggests in 1 Corinthians 3, we need to start giving those who are missing the joy of salvation spiritual milk before moving on to solid food. We are much like those early disciples standing on the Mount of Olives watching the risen Lord ascend into heaven we have a commission to make disciples in a world that, for the most part, has no idea what we are talking about.

If you don’t already have a church home, you are welcome at La Vernia Methodist Sundays at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. for worship, and 9:45 a.m. for Sunday school. And, regardless of your church home, youth (grades 3-12) are welcome to attend Crossfire Youth on Wednesdays after school until 8 p.m. across from the junior high on F.M. 775.

 
 
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