One of the central tenets of the Reformed faith is ‘salvation by grace through faith.’ It’s simple to say, but what on earth does it mean?
My friends, this is our heritage. We can trace our lineage back to these Reformers These people who were willing to dialogue who were willing to listen closely to the Spirit, who were willing to learn what was wrong with their world, with their church, and let what they learned provoke them to create change.
God’s call to the church is no different today…
So here is my question to you…
How will we follow?
In this world of so much suffering, God is still speaking
In this world of so much injustice, the message of Christ’s Resurrection still rings out
In this world of so much brokenness, the Spirit’s is still pushing us towards reform.
How will we, in faith, start this dialogue?
Are we willing to listen to the Spirit?
Are we willing to listen deeply enough, that we change?
These beliefs aren’t just words; they affect everything about us. If we belong to our Lord Jesus, then we keep nothing hidden from him, or apart from our devotion to him. How we see ourselves, and each other. The way we love, the way we forgive, what we do with our gifts and our power. How we spend our time and how we spend our money. What we value and what we let go. What we long for and what grieves our hearts.
And the reason we celebrate this sacrament over and over again is that it is so, so hard to remember this truth. It’s hard to hold onto this faith. It’s hard to remember even our deepest, most life-giving beliefs. So we come here to practice, again and again.