"A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you.” This is what Jesus said at the time he washed his disciples feet, and at the last supper where he broke bread, as his body was to be broken soon after on the cross. This is how he first demonstrated love to us and then commanded us to [show/do] love for one another. In fact the very term “Maundy” used to describe the Thursday in Holy Week comes from the Latin word mandatum, the first word in the phrase “A new commandment I give to you…” But here as in other places in Scripture, Jesus is turning our understanding of both Himself and of love upside down.
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.