CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Is the Church distinct enough?

The Westmorland Gazette: Mount Sinai Mount Sinai

IS THE Church distinct enough? There's a lot of talk about trying to be relevant, trying to fit in and accommodate the communities that we find ourselves in. But in trying to fit in, are we losing our USP?

At Mount Sinai, Moses made this request of God,"How shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

What was so special about Mary? Well the angel Gabriel put it is way, “Greetings, O favoured one, the Lord is with you!”

But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God."

God was with her, that was how we know she'd found favour with God. What about the Church today - is God still with us?

When Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth, he put it this way, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

So if God is with the Church, there should be a liberating atmosphere in the Church. People should be able to see God in our faces, our conversations and our actions.

Are you distinct enough? Is God with you?

David Hendrickse

Sedbergh Christian Centre

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5:51pm Fri 18 Jul 14

magical trevor says...

How can the church possibly be relevant in 2014? The Anglican church has only just realised that woman are capable of being Biships.....! They think this realisation is worthy of celebration.....come on....the misogynistic church needs to recognise that women are every part men's equals and their betters in all areas of society.
How can the church possibly be relevant in 2014? The Anglican church has only just realised that woman are capable of being Biships.....! They think this realisation is worthy of celebration.....come on....the misogynistic church needs to recognise that women are every part men's equals and their betters in all areas of society. magical trevor
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7:53pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Nightblogger says...

Nothing is perfect, not even the Church, though generally it can manage to spell things correctly. It has also known since the time of Jesus that God values women just as much as men - enough to make Mary Magdalene the first witness of the resurrection at a time when the testimony of women wasn't considered valid. Yes it is a shame that the CofE took so long to realise that the implication of this was that they could be Priests and Bishops just like the men - but women only got the vote in Britain in 1928 so wider society can't lay claim to be that much better!

Anyway, if you don't find the Church relevant that's fine. Some people do, many don't. The real issue is not whether it is relevant to everyone or not but whether it can help connect people with God - and many people in Church claim that it does.
Nothing is perfect, not even the Church, though generally it can manage to spell things correctly. It has also known since the time of Jesus that God values women just as much as men - enough to make Mary Magdalene the first witness of the resurrection at a time when the testimony of women wasn't considered valid. Yes it is a shame that the CofE took so long to realise that the implication of this was that they could be Priests and Bishops just like the men - but women only got the vote in Britain in 1928 so wider society can't lay claim to be that much better! Anyway, if you don't find the Church relevant that's fine. Some people do, many don't. The real issue is not whether it is relevant to everyone or not but whether it can help connect people with God - and many people in Church claim that it does. Nightblogger
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