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(Disciples of Christ)
Lawrenceville, GA

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May 7, 2019

God’s Transforming Work

Our spring Wednesday night book discussion group has been engaging Life Together in Christ – Experiencing Transformation in Community by Ruth Haley Barton. Disciples of Christ tend to be in our heads when it comes to considering faith matters. Sooo, this has been a stretch for us, to be honest. We studied quite a bit about discernment in 2018 using Listening Hearts – Discerning Call in Community by Suzanne Farnham, et al. That was step one for preparing us for this book, maybe!
 
As logical and sensible people, we Disciples do recognize the life changing moments in which we say yes to God, get baptized, follow Christ, and experience insights that can only come from God. These moments are transformative… our hearts are awakened to God and we understand the presence of God’s love with us, even in us. And we share that love.
 
What is transformation? It is God’s work in us. Not something we can control or do for ourselves. It involves our hearts, not our heads. This much we know.
 
Currently, we are trying to deal with Scripture in a fashion that Adele Calhoun in Barton’s book suggests. It’s called “finding ourselves in the God’s story” (p. 114, Barton, Life Together). We are pondering a lot of questions… wondering where God has been at work in our lives, what biblical characters do we most identify with, and how/when are we aware of God’s presence.
 
Life Together in Christ uses the Emmaus Road story as an underlying foundation for all the spiritual observations and guidance given by the author. We know that we are valued participants in God’s story of being beloved children, or at least we know in our heads. We seek to encounter Jesus’ transforming presence in our lives, in God’s Word, and the “stranger.”

We at First Christian are a caring community who are doing what Jesus told Peter in John 21, love Jesus and feed his sheep. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. We are part of the one body of Christ and welcome all to The Lord’s Table as God has welcomed all.
 
Consider yourself invited! Come and be fed… God loves us to life, as the Easter story of Jesus’ resurrection shows! We would love for you to join us… 8:45 or 10:50 AM Sunday mornings.

In Christ’s service,
Pastor Melinda