We live in a world constantly blown to and fro by varying opinions often backed by strong emotions. Our political leaders walk-back what they had said so frequently, sometimes even re-clarifying what had been restated a day earlier. Leaving many people to wonder what really is truth.
The early church had similar problems:
We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming.
— Ephesians 4:14
This letter tells readers that the one hope of our calling, our one Lord, our one faith, our one baptism is in Christ Jesus.
You might ask: “How then are we to know how to live in the world?” This letter answers: Grow up in Christ!
This month we focus our attention to growing in our discipleship of Bible reading and study. “How much should I read?” you might ask.
Consider this illustration: I had once made a plumb-line using one verse of Scripture as the weight. I had chosen a weighty verse, John 3:16. Yet it was not enough to even uncoil the string and a wave of a hand would send it flying. I had tried printing the entire chapter and hanging that from the same string. But when someone walked by, it would flutter to and fro. A printed copy of the entire Gospel According to Saint John at least put some tension in the string as causing it to spin back and forth attempting to find a center. Not until I had suspended the whole Bible from that string would it settle quickly and reliably indicate a true vertical line.
I will have more to say about Ephesians 4:1-16 on Sunday August 5th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
This Sunday we will celebrate Communion also known as the Lord’s Supper. Help your child understand how we become one in Christ through this ritual by comparing it with a family meal when all of those aunts, uncles, and second cousins arrive that we seldom see. In family meals of my childhood, within moments we became fast friends playing games together.