What We Need to Know and Make Known
July 21, 2019 | Jim Wishmyer
Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
The phrases, “individual Christian”, “personal faith”, and “personal relationship with Jesus” are almost oxymoronic. The Christian faith is not lived in isolation; and when one acknowledges Christ as Savior and Lord, one immediately enters into relationship with every other Christian – past, present, and future – as a member of the body of Christ. Christian faith is meant to be lived in community, not in isolation. When the founder of Methodism, the Rev. John Wesley, declared “The gospel of Christ knows no religion, but social…” (Works of John Wesley, Vol 14, p.321), he emphasized the essential requirement of Christian community for growth in grace, love, and holiness. During the time of year that we are most likely to not be together, we nonetheless turn our focus to the centrality of Christian community for shaping our faith and helping us live faithfully. During July and August, we’ll look together at creative ways to connect in community in response to Hebrews 10 – “Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on,…” (verse 25).