I have a new pair of slippers, which I love. They are glittery, shiny pink: think Dorothy’s ruby red heels, in pink slipper form. These are the kind of wear-them-every-day, with random people commenting “Wow, those sure are bright!” that make me happy to have them on slippers. I even wear them to church. Now, before you start thinking “Oh no, she didn’t!” and snap your fingers, judging me as one of those people who wear house shoes out of the house, let me clarify; I wear them to church, which is in my home.
At Crossroads this fall, we have been thinking together about church. What kind of church are we in the process of becoming? What kind of church do we want to become? Romans 12 provides some insight for us; we have spent several of our times together grappling with this text. What would it look like for us to both individually and corporately be the kind of people described here? What would it look like in South Salem, in the 21st century, as an Anglican church plant?
(The Message) Romans 12: 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.