Mark’s Wednesday Message

Mark’s Wednesday Message

Mark, a vicar of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, to St John’s, my beloved brothers and sisters in the faith:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord!

Well, that’s how Paul would have started a message and as we’re looking at Paul’s letters to Timothy at the moment, I thought, why not!

So far over the past month we have looked at some of the characteristics of a Christian and covered grace & mercy, prayer, contentment and thanksgiving and over the coming month we will look at endurance, truth and strength. Although these themes are not a complete list of what it is to follow Jesus, they are a good start and helpfully contained within two of Paul’s letters. I encourage you to reread them again in one sitting when you have time to get a feel for the culture to which Paul is writing.

It’s interesting that he begins both letters with the words grace and peace. Grace was a traditional Greek greeting and peace (shalom) a traditional Jewish greeting, so Paul was making sure he included both of the main cultures reflected in the church at the time. And Paul’s main reason for writing this letter is to encourage the church to stick to the teaching of the apostles and not to become absorbed by the thinking of the cultures around them because although these things might excite the intellect, they don’t change a person and so are futile in Paul’s opinion. The purpose of the Christian life according to Paul is to alter the way we live, to become more like Jesus, because only through Him will we know God.

And we would love to be able to share our knowledge and love of God with more people through Alpha this coming month so could I ask that you confirm with me, by the end of this week, all those who have responded to your invitations to join us on the Alpha Course. We need to know numbers for the catering (and also any dietary needs) and it would be great to be able to make contact early next week.

Have a great week

Mark