The invitation to Christ’s Table is not simply an invitation to encounter the real presence of Christ, it’s an invitation to become the embodiment of Christ for the world.
Christ seems to suggest we should be cannibalistic vampires – eating of the flesh and drinking of the blood. To be faithful to the historical practice of the Eucharist, we’re making the theological more tangible.
Jesus doesn’t sugar coat the call to faithfulness. He really expects us to sell our possessions and give the money to the poor. What does this mean for faithful disciples today?
Our nature is to read what makes us feel good about our faith. We stop reading when we feel like we’ve got our life right with God, and skip the hard texts that teach true holiness. This is one of those texts, which calls us to more than just a ‘personal relationship with God.’
To be faithful to our call as a church community, it takes being engaged disciples. You don’t have to be perfect, highly educated, wealthy, or beautiful – you just have to be willing to respond, knowing Christ goes with you.
Paul makes a compelling argument that if you’re going to live by the law, you will be held accountable to all the laws. Or, you can live by Christ. Is it really that simple?
We have all been given great gifts that God desires to be used to offer a welcoming presence whereby all can come to know the love of God. How are you using the gifts you have been given to welcome others?
We are called to more intentional care for one another by establishing a more nurturing faith community. That’s part of what it means to be Making a Place for Everyone.
Just because you show up on Sunday morning, doesn’t mean you’ve made yourself available to God. But that is what God longs for, people who are available to serve the will of the Lord and to make the love of God known in the world.
A people of faith, our call to share in community with one another is not just about loving thy neighbor. Jesus says that our call as people of faith is to share as family with one another. We mourn together, rejoice together, weep together, and laugh together. This is not just our church, this is our family.