The world is filled with interesting problems. Churches often tend to distill all spiritual problems into the simplistic question of salvation. “How can I be saved?”
The question lands awkwardly on many modern ears in an era not attuned to religious language. Saved from what? Saved for what?
What can our faith offer to that question of salvation?
Maybe we can start here – that salvation can never be severed from vocation. That salvation, as it were, deeply embeds itself in a call around how we live life NOW. How we choose. How we reach out. How we serve. That is the path Jesus laid out for us.
His 3-year earthly ministry filled itself addressing interesting problems both in word and deed. How do we handle disease? Sin? Power? Money? Fear? In essence the question shifted: “How can I be saved?” moved to “How can we serve?”
I loved reading Seth Godin’s blog on the question of what problem are we trying to solve. In speaking of businesses, he could just as easily have been speaking of churches.
Many small businesses run into trouble because they start in a different place–the question they ask is: how does the owner make a living? Serving the customer comes second when the owner is focused too much on sunk costs and bills due.
Over time, successful businesses figure out how to align their goals with the customers they serve.
Even Beanie Babies solved a problem for someone.
So, our goals, friends, must align with those we serve, and that includes God, and in so doing, we will learn to serve with open hearts together.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the back to school drive. All supplies were dropped off this week. An extra special shout out to Susan who set up a collection hub at ACTS retirement community. They showed up in a big way!
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“We are faced with the simple task of meeting life on life’s terms – “terms” which are often not what we would necessarily want, or agree to given the choice. But meet them we must. Join us for a 3 week small group as we look at life, together.”
Small Group Leader Training
Wednesday Sept. 8th
Join us as we prepare for our fall small group program. Anyone can lead a group. It’s as simple as picking a time and inviting a few friends. We would love to support you in this journey. Come to learn more, leave equipped and supported! We will even provide some tips and tricks for using zoom (an online meeting platform)
All are welcome, with zero pressure to commit!
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