Bishop Mike Fulwood in introducing the theme stated: ‘This is not a theme that matches with the current attitude of much of the Christian church in Australia. If we were to describe the current way in which the church presents itself, the theme might read, “Not certain about much, wondering what to do” or perhaps “Certain in Christ – Shouting Angrily from the Sidelines”. We are finding ourselves in unfamiliar territory as secularism rises, our Christian voice is ignored and active participation in the activities of faith declines.
We are grappling with our place in this new environment and wondering what it means to be “in the world, but not of the world” as God’s people.
There are temptations in this space. We might want to withdraw from the world, or to conform to the world, to demonise the world or to judge the world. None of these fit well with Christ who engaged boldly and deeply with his neighbours, whilst at the same time living in a radically different way which caused people to want to return his interest and involvement.’
“Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness…” (2 Corinthians 3:12).
This verse resonates with me as I grapple with a myriad of frustrations, challenges and opportunities that presently surround me. There are those times when I am tempted to throw my hands up in the air and shout out ‘It’s all too hard! I don’t know what to do!’ But then when I take time to pause and reflect on the following two aspects of Growing deep Foundations
- Lutheran schools and early childhood services, as part of the mission of the Lutheran church, are communities of worship and service, sharing and living the good news of Jesus Christ.
- Lutheran schools and early childhood services are communities of hope, nurtured by the promises of God’s word, love and forgiveness which empower staff and students to embrace the future with confidence.
I am reminded that it is through sharing and living the good new of Jesus that I am empowered to embrace the future with confidence.
As we enter the season of Lent, may we reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us to have certainty and confidence about the future; our eternal future.