We are in the second round of our nine week sermon series: DO, BE, LIVE CHURCH. On Sunday, we were again considering what it meant for us to DO CHURCH. We heard the story of God calling Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand the release of God’s people. Moses, understandably, was reluctant to do this. He felt inadequate. He felt he did not have the needed skill set. He felt that it was above his pay grade. So, Moses tried to wiggle out of it, offering up all kinds of excuses and reasons why he was not the best person for the job. But God was having none of it. God had determined that Moses was the one to go on this mission to liberate God’s people and lead from captivity and slavery to freedom in a new land. Ultimately, Moses relented and did what God was asking him to DO.
This Sunday, we will be reflecting on what it means for us to BE CHURCH. What does it mean for us to a community of faith that truly advocates for and acts for the benefit of one another? As a community of faith we are called to love one another. We all agree on that. It is one of Jesus’ primary commands to us as his disciples: We are to love one another and to extend that love to our neighbor. But Jesus is clear that this love needs to be made real in tangible, material ways. Words are not enough. Love is verb and it requires us to act. Paul tells us that we are all parts of a singular body, and when one part of that body is hurting, we all hurt. When one of us is hurting, we are called to do all we can to alleviate that pain and suffering. That is what it means to be family for one another. That is what it means to be one body in our one Lord.
We cannot BE church alone. We need each other. To BE church is to BE in relationship with one another. Relationships that are real, which means that they are inherently nurturing, caring, and life-giving. It means be willing to take risks for the sake of the other.
On Sunday we will hear the story of Mordeci challenging Esther to go stand before the King and plead for the lives of her people. We will also hear of how a paralytic was lowered through the roof by some of his friends so that he could be placed before Jesus to be healed. Without the ACTION of their friends, Esther would have kept silent and her people would have been eradicated and the paralytic would not have been healed.
The sermon for this Sunday will be: “For a Time Such as This.” Hope to see you on Sunday, as together we continue to explore what it means for us to Do Church, Be Church, and Live Church!
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