The story of the gospel and it’s history around the world is about how it expands, includes, and elevates those formerly ignored and disregarded. We continue to talk about the diverse community in scripture with two key women in the gospels.
Diverse community doesn’t mean people who agree with me but look different. It means the inclusion of whoever our group is tempted to exclude because, as the gospels demonstrate, God will often choose to speak through whoever we are tempted to ignore or reject.
This is what we call a “conversermon” between Vine39 pastor Jim Zartman and pastoral team member Nancy O’Brian
On Sunday Jim and Nancy talked about two stories of women in scripture but wanted to cover so much more. This is a conversation we had on the topic in the studio in preperation for Sunday morning.
We continue in our series about who we are distinctly called to be as a church.
We continue our series our unique approach and contribution to faith.
In this series we are talking about who we are as a church and what some of our key values are. There are some specific values that are distinct and guide many things we do. We want to take some time to talk about these. In this first one we talk about why we value journey over destination, why we have big questions and small answers, why we are more about stories than beliefs, and how we see these as being part of following Jesus.
We never feel like we have enough. We never feel like we are enough. The scriptures are full of little moments where "not enough" became an abundance.
In the effort to be "in the world and not of it" the faith often looks more like being of the world in practice while trying to be separate from it. We talk about being “of, not in,” “not of or in” “of and in” and what we are called to be… IN, NOT OF.
There was a lot more discussion and conversation that had to get cut out of the podcast. It was certainly an in person experience as we deal with this issue of bearing the fruit of the Spirit in a divisive time. Next week we will continue to live in the tension of having strong beliefs and holding them with humility.
Do we really need a near death experience to tune in to what is important and life? This week we talk about worship and how to pay attention to what is beautiful and be a part of it.