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Truing the Church
Most of you reading this are familiar with the three arrows I’ve been using to describe the three directions we are moving as a church: Upward, Inward and Outward. I’m wondering if I should change the wording I’ve used to describe the inward arrow from “A Growing Community” to “A Connected Community.” As I worked on today’s sermon I came to believe connecting is more specific than growing.
Growing, in church terminology, often makes one think of increasing in numbers, which can be a very good thing, but it’s next exactly what the inward arrow represents. Connecting with God, with our true selves and with others is the idea. Our text for the sermon reminded us that “speaking the truth in love” is how connection is accomplished. Such honest, loving talk reminds us of things we know but have forgotten and helps us see things about ourselves that need to be modified. It also gives us much needed understanding about others so that we might keep proper attitudes and respect the differences we have as people of various backgrounds and people with generational differences.
Truing the church is something that everyone needs to be a part of. Sometimes we are the ones in need of some alignment and sometimes we can help others in their spiritual development. All of us, however, need to be looking to Jesus as the one who is Truing the whole church by means of his Holy Spirit. May each of us be allowing him to keep us individually aligned so that all together we fulfill our function as the healthy body of Christ on earth.