The scripture for this week is Romans 8:35, 37-39. This is my favorite scripture in the entire Bible. It testifies to the unquenchable hope to be found in faith in Christ. NOTHING can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.
But this Sunday I’m not going to talk much about this text. As much as I love it and as much as I love to talk about it, I would prefer that we live it out. So, this Sunday we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to live it out.
This Sunday we are going to celebrate our faith. We are going to celebrate with several of our number who may or may not remember their baptisms, may or may not remember the moment they came to Christ, but want to recommit themselves to their faith in the presence of God and their congregation. Several of those doing so will also be joining our congregation. What a powerful way to witness to the love and hope to be found in Jesus.
Words are powerful. It is one thing to say to ourselves or to God, “I have faith.” It’s something else entirely to say it out loud; to say it so others can hear. One of my mentors describes it as the difference between being married and living together—actually, he said “shacking up.” Functionally, there’s not much difference. In the eyes of the world, there’s not much difference. But the thing is, there IS a difference, as anyone who’s been married will tell you. Declaring your love, declaring your joy and hope, saying it out loud, in front of God and everyone, makes a difference.
That’s why I am so excited we have the opportunity to share this experience together this Sunday. I hope you will join us as we celebrate the faith, hope, and love to be found in Jesus Christ.