Review: Last week’s application was to consider who you know in the kingdom who you disagree with, don’t like being around, or perhaps whose music you can’t stand. How were you able to extend community to that person or group, to understand more about their faith and how they see the kingdom of heaven?
Review: Mark Labberton talked about Jesus’ message being meant to wake us up, to assault a domesticated view of God. In talking about the centurion’s conversation with Jesus about a sick servant, Labberton reminded us that we follow “an enemy-loving God.” (See Romans 5:8 “…while we were still sinners [enemies of God]…”)
Review: Laurie Brenner talked about what “works” for us, and our tendency to discard ideas we’re not comfortable with, including what we read in scripture or hear at church. She reminded us that such a reaction may be ignoring the power of the Spirit and the work of God in us. How have you stepped out in faith to participate in something that demonstrates God’s work in us, beyond what we can do on our own power? What happened?
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He was formerly the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church. Engaging in urban ministry is his passion, and he enables and expands the understanding of his students of the values of racial reconciliation and social justice that combine in the relationship between the church and urban settings.
About Renée Notkin: As the pastor of Union Church, UPC’s satellite congregation in South Lake Union, Renée Notkin’s passion is to biblically and theologically encourage people that the God on High delights in them and invites them into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ through the equipping of the Spirit. Renée received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Washington and her M.Div. from Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.)