Christian worship isn’t complete without Scripture. It is the Bible which serves as the source material from which we derive our idea of who God is and what He is doing. So, for Christians to worship apart from Scripture is simply not possible. In fact we cannot put a high enough priority on the importance of God’s Word in our life and worship. As the written record of God’s self-revelation to man in the person of Jesus Christ, it informs everything we do as members of the Kingdom of God.
That is why, as the worship pastor, I am using this space (normally reserved for thoughts on worship and music) to tell you about something special we are doing here at Rose of Sharon for the month of August. We are calling it Cultural Connections. It is our attempt to demonstrate, in an informal manner, the relevance of Scripture to our everyday “water-cooler-conversations”, and in doing so, better equip ourselves to worship God and serve His Kingdom.
Each Sunday evening at 5pm in the month of August the members of the pastoral staff will engage in an on-stage dialogue with one another regarding a particular “hot-button” topic (see schedule below) that you might discuss with co-workers at the office or family members at the kitchen table. Our goal will be to not only better understand both sides of the issue, but to discover how Scripture might better inform our opinions. Each session will conclude with a time for Q & A between the pastors and those in attendance. We certainly don’t assume we have all the answers to these issues, but we believe that Scripture is relevant to them.
We believe that the more connections we can make between the Bible and our normal, working, everyday lives the richer our worship will become. As we see how God and His love for us transcends Sunday morning worship and enters into the world outside the four walls of our church structures, we will grow deeper in our own understanding of who He is and what He desires to do in our lives. Our desire in holding these Cultural Connection sessions is for Rose of Sharon and our surrounding community to see that the Christian Church not only cares about the troubling issues of our time, but also has a strong desire to be a partner for positive changes. We may not always agree on how best to arrive at those changes, but we can listen to one another, pray together, seek God’s guidance from His Word, and strive to live in a manner worthy of the gospel.
We invite you, your friends, your co-workers, your neighbors, and your family members to join us in August as we seek to make these Cultural Connections together.
Here is the schedule of topics and dates:
August 7th – Racism and Violence – What should the church’s response be to the situation? What do we need to do or not do in order to contribute to the solution?
August 14th – Immigration— What is the appropriate attitude for Christians to have towards the opening of our borders and to those who are illegal immigrants and/or refugees?
August 21st – Biblical Authority – Is the Bible true? How can I know? Is it applicable and relevant to our modern life or is it outdated in its rules and regulations?
August 28th – The LGBTQ Community – Can someone be a Christian and still be gay? What is God’s design for men and women? What is the appropriate Christian stance when it comes to legislation regarding these issues?
NEWS AND NOTES:
I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed to our second annual ROSBC’s Got Talent show. We had a wonderful evening which showcased music of all kinds, dancing, comedy, and even a little sleight of hand illusion. All in all it was a LOT of fun, and I can’t wait to do it again next year. If you missed this one, make sure and mark your calendars for next year, and consider showcasing your own unique gifts and talents!
Did somebody say Christmas?! I know, I know, with the sweltering temperatures we’ve been experiencing over the last few weeks it’s hard to think about December 25th , but we are beginning our Light Up the Church Campaign early this year in order to prepare for the biggest Christmas Plugged event yet. We are looking for 100 donations of $20. This has become a popular part of our local community’s Christmas celebrations and brings many people to our campus. With that in mind, pray and ask God what He might have you contribute toward this year’s endeavor. Simply add “Light Up the Church” as a designator on either your online gift or your offering envelope.
In His Service,
Rose of Sharon Baptist Church