Sunday, December 03, 2023

Johnson: the inspiration and the barrier

Sunday, December 3, 2023
    Advent I
    Commemoration of Francis Xavier, Apostle of the Indies, Missionary, 1552
    They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
    —Acts 2:42 (NIV)
    The traditional worship setting is both the inspiration for faith and fellowship, and the barrier to it. Due only to Word and Sacrament—God’s ideas—is there any faith to be shared or truth to articulate. However, the very setting in which this is received instills the fear of expressing it informally.
    ... Paul G. Johnson 1931-2013, Buried Alive, Richmond: John Knox Press, 1968, p. 43 (see the book)
    See also Acts 2:42; Matt. 18:20; Acts 1:13-14; 2:1; 1 Cor. 11:17-22; 14:29-32; Heb. 10:22-25; Jude 1:17-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may Your people live out their fellowship in You.
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