The "Church" Is No Longer Needed...
…but it’s not because the culture, media, evil, immorality or the watering down of truth in our world has shut down churches or lured people away or taken God out of schools/government/communities.
It’s because those of us in “the church” have not fully believed what Jesus said.
We know that sin (anything that is not out of trust in God through Jesus Christ or out of love) brings death. No exceptions. We also know that God’s love is greater than our sin. Because of His love as effectively expressed on the cross, we get Jesus’ “rightness” and He took our sin. A very lopsided exchange – Jesus got death row and we got life. But we know this. What we have trouble understanding and living out is that in Jesus we become Jesus. We are born into a new life, it’s not just a free ticket at the end of this life. We become Jesus in this world.
Shortly after Jesus died, rose and ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit came into believers and the Church was born. It grew rapidly in Jerusalem. But a young Jewish man named Saul was so upset about this cult growing in his community that he became obsessed with stamping them out. He became a “self-radicalized”. After encouraging the murder of one Christian and having many others arrested, he was on his way to do more damage when an overpowering light blinded him and a voice thundered, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” It was Jesus. But was he persecuting Jesus or believers in Jesus? The answer is “yes.”
In Matthew 25 a story is told of the time after Jesus returns. As He is judging the earth, people are judged for how well they treated Him. Then the people ask, “When did we see you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, needing clothes, sick or in prison?” and Jesus responds that whenever they did that for “the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Because they were Jesus in the world.
Then in Ephesians 1:22-23 it tells us, “…the church, which is His [Jesus’] body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.” The church is, we are, the fullness of Jesus in this world.
So what was Jesus like? How did He live? What did He do and what did He say? He is in us and that is how we live. This is what Jesus longs for and also what truly fulfills us. This is what it means to be a disciple, what we encourage as the people of Saron. THIS is the Church the world desparately needs.
Registration for Confirmation, Pre-confirmation and Sunday School is open Links will be posted on the Saron website at Saron.org and the Facebook pages for each.
Confirmation and Pre-Confirmation will begin Wednesday September 14th. Until then SAVE THE DATE for the youth Fall Retreat, November 4th-6th.
Sunday School classes for ages 3 (must be toilet trained) through 5th grade begins Sunday September 18th at 10:30 during the second service.
There will be a new database and check-in system in use for both Sunday school
and Wednesday evenings so you may have an extra step or two to set up your account. With this change comes a new integrated database, the ability to choose your volunteer preferences and receive reminder emails before your selected event AND ONLINE