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Thought of the Month

May

After-Easter arguments?

No, I don't mean, "Which Easter Egg was best?" or "Why can't I have yours now that I have eaten all my Easter Eggs?"

I'm referring to the arguments experienced by the first followers of Jesus after that first Easter, as recorded in historical letters from the first century onwards and, in part, dramatised in the biblical book called the Acts of the Apostles. They argued about who Jesus was, what Jesus was and how to refer to him, and what those things might mean for the daily life of those who believed in Jesus. Although some of those arguments might seem irrelevant for us living in these days, they show something significant : that Jesus was very important in their lives. The arguments were not merely academic - They were fundamental to their lives.

In today's world, people rightly argue over climate change, equality, justice or any number of other serious subjects. We argue because we care and there's disagreement over how to address significant issues. Whether Jesus features in any of those issues is rather up to us, the church. Jesus had a lot to say about how people treat each other, and in the end, most of today's issues are about how we treat each other. So, what believers have to decide is whether he's important enough for us to take a Jesus-like stand.

And churches still argue, internally and between denominations, not because we're argumentative but because we have those same concerns of those first believers, wanting to do the right thing, and because Jesus is still very important to us.

It's not Easter Eggs, but the events of the first Easter, the man who died on the cross, was buried and then was very much alive, that causes our arguments. But they're arguments I'm happy to have, because he means the world to me.

Graham

 

We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.

The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.

Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.

One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.

 
 

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This Month's Quote
Paul writes: May our fellowship in faith lead you to full knowledge of all the good we can accomplish for Christ.
Philemon 1-25