NEWS & NOTES
Any person who wants Jesus will not be turned away. He is for us all. And when we receive him, we are grafted into his body. That's what it means to be a Christian, to be so closely connected to Jesus that we begin to think his thoughts, feel his heart, and live his life.
So then, all Christians are members of Christ. We are his body parts, his hands and feet. That's why at The Painted Door when we talk about church membership, we invite all Christians to be members. Because they already are. Church membership at The Painted Door is simply about deciding to live out the Christian life in fellowship with this particular local congregation.
Therefore, we don't invite people to become a members of our church. Rather, we invite any member of Christ to become a member at our church. We want members of Christ at The Painted Door.
Our Incarnation Class, which is running this Saturday from 9am to 2:30pm, is one way we help people decide if The Painted Door is a good place for them to thrive as members of Christ. We talk through our church's teaching and practices and introduce people to leaders from throughout the congregation. It's an interactive environment meant to answer questions and give an overall orientation to what we're all about.
If you or someone you know is wanting to learn more about our church, the Incarnation Class is a great step. If this weekend's class doesn't fit your schedule, there will be another class in the spring.
Our hope is that every member of Christ would be deeply connected to a local congregation. Our connection to Jesus connects us to each other. We make up his body together. And so are meant to live as one.
THIS COMING SUNDAY
THE ANGER OF GOD
Pastor Mark Bergin
Anger is the first reaction to injustice for all who care, especially God. God cares for his creation more than anyone. And so he is more angry at injustice than anyone. In the opening passages of chapter 5, James takes on the persona of an Old Testament prophet, embodying the hot fury of God against oppression. To witness this anger of God is unnerving. But it also should comfort us. God sees the injustice of this world. And he cares more than we do. Yet, God has very different plans for his anger than we do for our own. So he invites us to care about injustice as much as he does, yes. And he invites us to express anger over it, yes. Then, the invitation turns: “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.”