Sunday to Monday / Honesty, Openness & Hard Work

What is to prevent me from being baptized?
Acts 8:37

Hope you had a wonderful Independence Day celebration and long weekend. Yesterday we were treated to hearing from our Summer Youth Intern, Sam Jacobs as he preached "Jefferson & Adams: Discussion to Create Religious Roots." The founding fathers were a diverse group who worked through conversation to create the union. Jefferson struggled with his faith but by persevering through conversations he found insights and growth in his relationship with God. The scripture for the day was Acts 8:29-40 - the story of Philip sharing the Good News with the Ethiopian eunuch, on who previously had been excluded from the family of God. Through conversation and a willingness to learn, the eunuch was baptized by Philip. 

These are good lessons for us living in a time of sound bites and finger pointing as Sam pointed out. We can only move through issues of systemic racism, political and religious divides by talking. Talking with honesty and openness and doing the hard work of listening and learning. Thanks for your insights Sam.

Click here to see photos from the morning.

For your reflection, devotional time and discussions this week:

  • What would your Jefferson bible look like? (what parts of the Bible would you like to remove?)
  • What are some other groups that need that communication channel?
  • What is something you could do to help the faith relationship with someone?
  • Looking ahead to next week: When do you know you have enough stuff? (Mark 6:14-29)

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