FROM PASTOR MATTHEW–Please read & please share, then join the discussions. This Wednesday, August 19, the first blog will be published right here on our website and the following week, Wednesday, August 26 the first group discussion will take place at the church.
In light of the current circumstances (COVID-19/Social Distancing) it has become clear that our spiritual development opportunities have been somewhat limited. Most of our small groups have stopped meeting for the time being and if they have continued to meet are limited by the restrictions we must put into practice.
As the temporary leader of this community of faith, I believe it is important for me to provide an additional avenue for spiritual growth during this unprecedented time. As such, I plan to begin a new discipleship opportunity that will be open to the entire church body for participation.
These studies will operate on a biweekly basis. Starting on the first Wednesday, I will write a blog post that takes an unbiased look at scripture concerning various topics. You can access this blog publicly through our website at: http://www.mariettanazarene.com/welcome/church-blog/
I want to encourage everyone to take 15 minutes out of their week to read it.
The second Wednesday, I will lead a socially distanced small group discussion here at the church at 7pm. Everyone who has read the blog post and wants further discussion on the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.
The topics will address a multitude of popular and potentially controversial issues. These posts and discussions are NOT to further entrench ourselves on one side of the aisle or the other, but rather to help all of us look at these issues through the eyes of Christ. This should be a welcomed opportunity to foster union and communion with God and each other, as well as improve upon what it means to follow Jesus, love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbor as he has loved us.
If you desire to participate, please bring both your thickest skin and gentlest spirit as many of us may have different opinions. Regardless of how contentious our thinking may be, I encourage us all to lay down our bias at the foot of the cross. It will help each and every one of us to remove the stigma of issues deemed too ‘taboo’ for discussion and foster a greater love for God and neighbor than perhaps we considered possible.
Our first topic will be on the issue of tattoos. Exciting.
Peace of the Lord be with you all, Pastor Matthew