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The "Center" on Center

Last Wed I had conversations with two very different groups of people from our church who echoed the same sentiments: WE WANT OUR CHURCH BACK!
None of those people are interested in FPCB becoming a narrow exclusive private club for people who all think alike but a place where they can worship, serve the community, and hear great music and good preaching — completely along the lines of our Vision.  They want to have “Fellowship”  — one of my favorite words — with lots of other people and not just those whose theological, political, and social beliefs they share. They want a church to be married in and buried from, a place to be safe, to belong, a place to invite friends and bring relatives for holidays. Some have more specific connections – the music, the Sunday schools, the pre-school, the caring ministries, the missions, foreign or local. Some want a more specifically religious focus on bible study and aspects of contemporary Christianity but avoiding involvement in current political and social issues – and others want a place where those issues of social justice and peace, taking the Word to the world, are foremost.
The tension among those different purposes, however, is far outweighed by the UNITY of the desire to remain one body, to “go on as we always have” – the “center on Center.”
 

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    Ellen says

    PCUSA does not want “Unity”. They’ve become a political organization supporting “progressives” agendas. This is NOT bibical. The General Assembly meetings keep the organization in constant turmoil. They started back in the 1970’s with the homosexual issue and would not take NO for an answer. This is not the work of an organization which is looking for Unity. This is more the work of Satan. Kill the church and Christianity from the inside. Focus on political issues — not on spreading Christ’s message. Go back and read the minutes from 2010, 2012, 2014 on the PCUSA website. Look at all the churches leaving. PCUSA is a dying organization because they foster turmoil — not Unity.
    Christ stated that following His teachings would separate families. He also stated that many who cry His name are not of Him. In other words, don’t be decieved by Satan pretending to be Christian. The Bible does not support homosexual marriages. Christ was not a political activist. Christ stated that He is the Way, the Truth & Life — the Only way to the Father. Christ is alive & well — Not a myth. Israel — the Jewish people — Are God’s Chosen People! Replacement theology is another false teaching.

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      Judy Smullen says

      Thank you for your response – it means that people are paying attention to our website and will, we hope, continue the conversation. It is our prayer that those who think that Christ “was not a political activist” and those of who think that, among other things, he very much was can remain in conversation and fellowship with one another.
      We are seeking to discern God’s direction for our church and for ourselves., and the more viewpoints on scripture, on Christ, on the church, and on culture that we can share with one another, the better we will be. As Paul notes in 1 Corinthians 12, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. . . .
      [T]hose parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
      May we can find means to understand each other’s suffering, honor each other, and rejoice together.

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        Dave says

        Thanks Judy for sharing your thoughts and such a pertinent bible verse. I’ll also share a quote from “Following Christ”, by Joseph M. Stowell. “The calling of the church in the world is to advance the cause of Christ and to do it in a way that reflects the power of his character. Feuding Christians do neither. Division turns our attention away from the agenda of reaching our world and ministering to one another. It focuses our energies inward. Tragically, when that happens, a watching world discounts our claims and dismisses the validity of our testimony.” “Conversely, unity among believers becomes a mutually energizing force and a winsome statement to a watching world whose alienated and lonely citizens are looking for a place to belong and a place to be loved.” Pray that our wonderful church stops this process of division, focuses our energies on our mission and welcomes all to a place where no one is judged and everybody belongs and is loved. God Bless

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