A highlight from April 18, 2020: Faith Matters? Part 1

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What was it exciting week for our church confirmation is i don't know it's a really exciting thing. I think a lot of families just kind of do it to check it off the box but mania really missing out if you don't continue to come because it's as such a wonderful change for the church to continue to invest in the child for the child to really step up and because children youth they really are the church. They're not the future they're already doing so many incredible things and so thankful for for paul and everyone in the youth department. That has such a great job of pointing to them and for stephanie. Who has done so much with the department as well for six years. So i'm reagan gillan discipleship here christ united and. I have to say a little nervous to be in here so when i first got here last july i preached four or five weeks in a row and here but it was just to a camera and so i've actually never been with people in the room so i've been a little nervous after admit but i'm really excited to be here. S we kick off. Faith matters a stephanie. Talked about so. I want to begin this morning with asking a question. How do we define good. We probably have different. Rankings different qualifiers. I'm sure if i were to ask this entire room. Who or what is good. We probably have a lot of different answers because we've all had different life experiences. We've all have different backgrounds. We've been raised differently. We vote differently so many things influence how we come to decide what is good and what is not so really at the end of the day. We're just different right. There's no way around. It were were simply different and because of that sometimes not always but sometimes people have decided that some people are more right than others or maybe either better than others. Maybe some are just more good than others. And like peter who you're going to read about today we have forgotten at the very core that all of us carry the image of god. There's something about that true. That makes it clear that we all share in something together that perhaps there is good in each and every one of us and that maybe more alive than originally thought so today scripture comes from the book of acts which we're going to be in the next weeks and so we're going to be in chapter ten versus starting in verse thirty four through forty eight hear these words than peter began to speak to them. I truly understand that. God shows no partiality but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message. He sent to the people of israel preaching peace by christ he is lord of all that message spread throughout judea beginning in galilee after the baptism that john announced how god anointed jesus of nazareth with the holy spirit and with power. How you went about doing good and healing. All who were oppressed by the devil for god was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both and judeh andrus. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. But god replaced him on the third day and allowed him to appear not to all the people but to all of us who were chosen by goddess witnesses and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead he commanded us to preach to the people want to testify that he is the one ordained by god as judge of the living in the dead all the prophets testified about him and everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name while peter was still speaking to holy spirit fell upon all who heard the word the circumcised believers who had come with. Peter were astounded that the gift of the holy spirit had been poured out even on the gentiles. Even on the gentiles. Can you believe it for. They heard them speaking in tongues and extolling god. Then peter said can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the holy spirit just as we have so. He ordered them to be baptized in the name of jesus christ then. They invited him to stay for several days. The word of god for the people. God thank speech so in this faith matters ron. I'm ron burgundy question mark. I don't know if you'll get that we're gonna be looking at some different theologians and chris and stephanie. Great job of picking a few. So we're gonna have kind of diversed diverse choice of voices over the next few. 'cause i'm really excited. And so today's theologian is a guy named ireneusz which we all know right. You all have his books on your nightstand. I'm sure sure you read him every night. But in case you it's been a while since you've read him. He was born and eight and is considered really one of the i d alot jains. His writings actually predate when the new testament was fully finalized on what. It was canonized in what i really love about him. other than. He's very easy to read a lot of the theologians reread in seminary cross more asset pastor than anything else. He was really passionate about leading people to know that. There's a god that we follow is a great god of love in this creator overall. It's i really appreciate all of his writings. And his whole philosophy especially when he honed in on that we carry the image of god every single one of us and that we are wonderful creations and that we are good and so we have this incredible worth and dignity because we were created with with purpose with love that with intention so he at the time when he was riding he was writing against people called the nas who they believed. We were created by accident. Maybe actually a mistake maybe by lesser. Not by this great god who was crater everything. So this idea of having this mark this image of god that we had this kind of this divine spark was like ludicrous. to nas ticks. Arrhenius was writing against that arenas had such a high of creation that humankind was the pinnacle of god's creation. And we can. We can see that when we go back and read in genesis. Everything that god created was good and then god gets to us and says this is very good so being reminded that all of that guard create and that we all share in. This is not something. We need to dismiss quickly. All of us in this room are pretty incredible. I don't want to get too high on ourselves. But i think if we can think about that collectively that we all share and something that we all have something in common this article that i read by a rome american roman catholic priest who teaches at oxford so pretty smart guy. Thomas g. Msa wine indie. How

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