Weekly Update: Member's Mtg, Art Colloquium & a Note from Pastor Morgan
In Christian theology, synergism and monergism are theological terms that describe the role of the human will and the divine will in salvation. Synergism suggests that the two wills work together in a cooperative relationship, wherein certain human actions merit God’s favor and reward. Monergism suggests that the divine will acts alone to grant relationship, wherein the Holy Spirit applies the merit of Christ.
So which is it? Does God's grace override the human will? Or does his grace invite and heal our will? How does God respond to human action? Does he at all?
These questions dive down into our spiritual core and shape of how we experience everything. And it is my experience that there are both monergistic and synergistic realities to our faith.
So what then? Grab onto both as much as you can.
The synergistic realities become the most alive and invigorating only after we become convinced of the monergistic realities, which provide a foundation of God's love in Jesus Christ. Before God's love convinces us sinners of his presence with us, cooperation seems just about powerless. We may light the flame for a moment, but will soon burn out. We may know God, but hoping in our works and our will makes spirituality a life in chains, a life chasing, a life feeling left out.
But after the love of God has come to us by way of promise, we begin to receive the spiritual life as a gift. Content with what Christ has appointed to us. Letting go of control. Even in pain and suffering. Faith is Christ with us, a victorious, crucified Savior, whose Spirit within us is an extension of His wounds for us. In union with Him, Christ then begins asking for our love and obedience. In union with Him, He then teaches us how to love and obey him.
It is here that the spiritual disciplines—the scriptures, the sacraments, confession of sin—come alive. They hold out Christ’s instruction and encouragement to His disciples. God is a God of both unconditional love and real relationship, with all its volatility. He is responsive to both your obedience and your disobedience because He loves you.
So no matter where you are, Christian, Christ is allowing for your freedom to choose, fail, and be saved. Trust grace and pray for grace. Live with the presence of Christ in your worst times and your best times. He will not have you perform for His love, but by all means, dance in it.
- Pastor Morgan
NEW KIDS PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS
As of last week, the parent pick-up time from the children’s ministry is now 11:05 or after. That means if for some reason our service is running short, don’t automatically go to pick up your children after the Call to Communion. Check the time and make sure it is 11:05 or later. That way our children’s teachers will have enough time to complete their lessons. Questions? Email email@example.com
CALENDAR & ANNOUNCEMENTS
THIS COMING SUNDAY
THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE:
BONES AND ARROWS
2 Kings 13:14-21
Pastor Mark Bergin
We are quick to associate death with loss. And for good reason. The passing of a loved one leaves a hole in our lives and our hearts. But God does not mean for that hole to go unfilled. He has plans for death, plans to demonstrate his glory and win a final victory. The impending death of the prophet Elisha seemed to threaten the health and stability of the kingdom of Israel. Yet, in truth, the only threat was to Israel’s enemies. God had more life and victory stored up in Elisha’s dead bones than he’d ever shown through his living flesh. The passing of Elisha was no defeat. It was a sign of the victory to come.
VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR APR 22
Liturgy Writer: Alec W
Sun Manager: Cassie S
Hospitality: Serina C, Insup O, Trent K
Media: Tyler B
Audio: Jordan K, Dan H
Band Leader: Sam C
Band Members: Alec W
POTP: Cassie S
Announcements: Josie M
Scripture: Josh C
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Steve H & Jeremy B
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Morgan G & Stan D
Check In: Ian C
4-6 Team: Rahela T & Nya M
7-9 Team: Erin B & Aliha O
Nursery: Kim M &
Youth Cohort: Retzlaffs & Kelsey
Info Table: Josie M
Prayer Team: Morgan G
Volunteering Questions? Email Erin Bourne at firstname.lastname@example.org