2021 Message series
We have all been thrust into a world that we are still only beginning to understand. The way we have done things, thought about things, and approached some of the most fundamental parts of our lives is going to need to change in the coming days and years.
As followers of Jesus the Christ, our call is to love. Our ethic is love. Love is our source, and love is at the heart of our identity. And yet, to live as if this were true — body, heart, and mind — will require some significant transformation.
In many ways, the kind of learning required is really UNLEARNING. The critical and difficult task of re-examining our assumptions, our patterns of behavior, our fundamental values, and the systems that we have put our faith in will be essential. To look again through the lens of the God of love is an act of ongoing courage.
We aren’t interested in throwing out the baby with the bath water. We need, more than ever, to re-examine what lies beneath the surface so we can ensure it will help us to build what is most needed for the world right now. The good news is that we won’t be facing these challenges alone. The unlearning that is before us will be best done in community.
The Season of Easter
April 11 – When Life Takes Unexpected Turns
Sophia De Oliveira speaking, Field Education Intern
BUMPER STICKER THEOLOGY: Unlearning Our Harmful Ways of Reading Scripture
For Christians, scripture is the primary source of our understanding of God and the work God is doing in the world. At the same time, we have lots of differing views on how to read, interpret, and apply the Bible to our everyday lives. Too often Christians have relied on trite platitudes that discount the depth, richness, and complexity of the Bible itself and the invitation it makes to us to wrestle with the Gospel in our present context. For these four weeks, we will examine some of this “bumper sticker theology” and seek to unlearn some of these harmful ways of approaching scripture.
April 18 – “At This Church, We Believe in the Bible” (Scripture)
2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:8-15
This week we will look at some of our core doctrine as United Methodists in regards to scripture and apply it to a particularly challenging section of the Bible. From our United Methodist Book of Discipline, Paragraph 104, “John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, brought to life in personal experience, and confirmed by reason. In recognizing the interrelationship and inseparability of these four basic resources, we are following a model that is present in the biblical text itself.”
April 25 – “The Bible Says It, I Believe It, That Settles It” (Tradition)
Leviticus 18 & 19
Core to our beliefs about the Bible is that the biblical authors were illumined by the Holy Spirit, bearing witness that in Christ the world is reconciled to God. Their goal was not to create new rigid laws, but a clear testimony to God’s self-disclosure in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as in God’s work of creation, in the pilgrimage of Israel, and in the Holy Spirit’s ongoing activity in human history. Part of our work is to interpret individual texts in light of their place in the Bible as a whole.
May 2 – “You Can’t Just Pick and Choose” (Reason)
This week, we will explore the careful way that Jesus read and interpreted the Old Testament and how his insights offer guidance to us today on how to read Scripture and apply it to our lives.
May 9 – “The Bible Doesn’t Change: God is the Same – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” (Experience)
Pastor Jon Osmundson speaking
May 16 – Preschool Appreciation Sunday – Celebrating 50 years!
May 23 – DRIVE-IN Service – PENTECOST Sunday