Monday, October, 17, 2016 | 5:00 PM | by ledington
Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3: 4 – 6
I want you to know that I will miss our time of fellowship this morning. In the short time that we have been meeting, I have found that our time together is truly something special. Please know that each of you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
As I prepare to serve on the Walk to Emmaus this coming weekend, I am taking note of our scripture this week. Verse 5 - “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.” This seems personal to me in a lot of different ways – and it should to you, too. We are part of a covenant group. The group is not me (that would be terribly lonely and more than slightly narcissistic) – I may have provided material – but, even that is not of my own qualification. No – it is clear to me that God is doing something very special through this covenant group. The Holy Spirit is working in and through each of us. I pray that as we meet from week to week, that His discernment will lead each of us according to His will.
Our word this week: Resurrection – I used this word especially because of verse 6 “…but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.” In our first class (I believe … could’ve been the second one …), we briefly talked about Barnabas. The name Barnabas is translated as with Son of Consolation or Son of Encouragement. In this day and age, in this culture – we all desperately need consolation and encouragement. God will call each of you to do great things through Him. But, make sure you heed John Wesley’s advice to William Wilberforce, “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils.” As a member of the British Parliament, Wilberforce was about to take on the abolition of slavery throughout the British Colonies. Wesley’s letter was written less than a week before he died. The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 passed in Parliament just three days before Wilberforce died.
Yet, there is life and life renewed. In 1994, Walt Disney released The Lion King. The theme song talked about “The Circle of Life.” I do not want you to think that this is Biblical in any sort of way. It’s a nice tune, though it does cause pain in my left knee (long story); but the power of the Resurrection, the power of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with going in circles. As we go through our scriptures in the weeks and months ahead, you will see that this is a transformative power. This is a power that affects lives and causes lives to affect each other.
I have heard some folks talk about how they would like to see our class be big enough for the Fellowship Hall. While that is a grand sentiment, I don’t think that is God’s intent for our group. I hope and pray that as we nourish and feed each other in our time together that God will speak to you about new ways to console and encourage the congregation that we serve. This is Pastor Appreciation month. Personally, I cannot imagine any better way to appreciate our Pastor than to help him with his work load in ministering to our community. I don’t know what that will look like – maybe a couple of new classes led by folks in our group, maybe a time of hospitality before the service in the Fellowship hall, maybe resurrecting some previous ministries that need new life. So – listen. Listen to hear what God is calling you to. If he has called you to be here in this group, GREAT! Come, let’s talk. But – if he is calling you to do new things and inspire change, do not let me stop you from obeying. This is what resurrection is all about.
God loves you and so do I