Do We Have A Need To Convert?


April 11, 2013

In worship during these last weeks we have been talking about transformation, both personal and social and how the two are equally important to Jesus' ministry and the Christian journey.
The challenge for us at Westminster in talking about this kind of transformation is that we have been so focused on social change, our calling to engage in Social Justice issues, that we have neglected to reflect on our own relationship with God. To be honest with you, I don't think as a people of faith we are entirely to blame for this lack of talk about salvation. Most of us grew up being heavily influenced by a fundamentalist view with an overemphasis on "personal" salvation that can lead to fear, exclusion, and self-righteousness. For me, just to type the word "salvation" makes me feel uncomfortable, not to mention talking about it.
As it is with the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth that left no stone unturned, our scripture reading for this coming Sunday, April 14 will take us to that place of discomfort. We will be challenged with the story of Paul's conversion from Saul of Tarsus as he witnesses a vision of Jesus on his way to Damascus. In this dramatic story of transformation, his encounter with the risen Christ takes him from a place of fear, violence, and exclusion, to a place of inclusion as he refused to withhold regular table fellowship with Gentiles and resisted those who insisted on circumcising the gentiles.
Join us this coming Sunday in worship as we talk about our own need for "conversion" and what we need to "convert" from, so we can bring about the change to realize God's kin-dom here on earth.

Join in the conversation and let me know if you think we are in need of conversion?

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