Sermons from Three of our Youth reflecting on where they've seen God on the church's summer trips!
We are freed from the old selfish ways of life but Christ frees us into a new way.
We are freed to love and serve others.
Friends, you too have found a specific kind of Freedom through your faith in Christ. May your faith draw you outward towards others… in service and in love. Because it is outwards that the Spirit is moving. It is outwards, in love and in service, that this Spirit is at work.
I learned that we all had things that made us laugh and things that hurt our feelings and families that were complicated and things that made us proud and raging insecurity and curiosity and hunger. And over time I learned some of the secrets different people carried, that were hard. And hopes that they had, that were wonderful.
I learned that the stars on our bellies didn’t matter at all. The stars don’t matter one whit in God’s kingdom. And don’t let anybody – ever – tell you otherwise. Because you are a child of God.
You can’t fit the Almighty into your intellectual categories. God just refuses to fit. Which may be the whole point, after all.
It’s not even like trying to put a square peg in a round hole, or a round peg in a square hole. It’s that the peg and the hole keep changing shape, and we are not going to be able to pin them down.
So maybe understanding the Trinity isn’t even the right goal. Maybe it’s not about explanations at all. Maybe the only way to approach God is with awe. Or curiosity. Or gratitude.
We can’t think our way into this. But maybe, just maybe, we can feel it. Sense it. Live inside it.
But let’s not forget, the Spirit required something of the disciples, too. Actually, it required a lot. Courage. Open-heartedness. Trust. The willingness to form a whole new community - and take responsibility for it. The willingness to be part of a movement that would have a life of its own – and to sacrifice everything they had for it.