Thought it would be a good idea to recap some of the weekend service and here it is already 4PM on Tuesday. Either there’s too much going on or I just have too many good ideas and not enough skill to pull them all off. Have to say we’ve gotten rave reviews over Sunday’s after-church potato dinner. We ended up not being able to use the schools ovens so we grilled ’em. Wow, yum. Good thing we had a huge grill though. We did all 150+ potatoes at one time. Based on the comments and feedback this is definitely a repeat event.
At the end of each service whoever is speaking answers any questions that people may have written on their connection cards. We had two this week (although we missed one of them on Sunday) Here’s the short answers, which, by the way are simply my opinion, interpretation, understanding or whatever you want to call it. I believe in open dialogue and so if someone has a different opinion, let’s hear it. We can be Christian without being clones.
“Why do you say: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit if they are all one in the same”
Great question. This one is really about the Trinity which is something we will never fully understand, because we will never fully understand or comprehend God. Nonetheless, we use those different names because 1) the Bible refers to God in these ways and 2) God refers to himself in these ways. The Bible refers to God as a “father” in many places (here’s a couple Psalm 68.5, John 16:27-28, Ephesian 4:4-6), Jesus called himself the Son of God (Luke 22:70) and the Holy Spirit is also God (Acts 5:3-4) So the short answer is we refer to the one God the way He does – by using different names of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
“Are you ever going to address the gifts of the Spirit, such as speaking in tongues”
We will speak on the gifts of the Spirit, but I can’t say when for sure. We’ve touched on it but haven’t focused on any particular gift(s) simply because we focus on what unites us. Paul did the same thing when he acknowledged all different kinds of gifts, service nad works, but the same God (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). The important thing is that we all have been given a gift and we’re expected to use it (whatever that is). If you’d like to get a head start on studying this though, read through 1 Corinthians 12-14 and Ephesian 4.
We’ll see how this little Q&A works here. Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to get this up there quicker and closer to Sunday.