reload The Race by Maurice McCracken

Friday, June 13, 2008

Church teaches me grace

posted by Little Mo | Permalink |

Ok. This is terrible how much I have neglected my blog. I apologise blog. And readers if I still have any. And I'm worried that I'll get thrown off Bish's 2 starred list. So. Here's a thought.

More grace with the Relays last week. There's lots of it in1 Corinthians 12-14. Great stuff with lots of insight from all wings of the church!

In 1 Corinthians 12, the church actually IS the body of Christ. That's not just a picture - but Paul actually says "so it is with Christ" when he is referring to the church!

And how does the church show spiritually and really what Jesus is like? Its by the strong helping the weak (or rather, those who seem weak, which is a whole different issue). The strong and the weak working together, feeling each other's pain and struggle. Just like Jesus, who, in the Gospel, as the great strong man stoops to help and love the weak, taking our sins and sorrows and making them his very own, The church doesn't just talk grace, but it shows grace. It doesn't just say "Jesus", it is Jesus, and when those who seem to be strong painfully and sacrificially love those who seem to be weak, it shows it.

Back in the day, I used to get rightly narked with people saying we should "be Jesus" to people. I still do usually to be honest, as it usually means "being Jesus" in all the ways people liked Jesus and not "being Jesus" in all the ways that led to him being rejected and crucified.

BUT, ther's something in it. Together, not individually, as the strong give all that they have to honour and show special care for the weak in the church family, we do show Jesus. We ARE the body of Christ.

You know the fact that I am a right pain in the neck, and weak and stupid in more ways than I can count is actually good for my church. Gives them an opportunity to model what Jesus is like. They are also, I must say, very good at returning the favour!

7 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

Tell me about it. I got chucked off his two star list ages ago to be put on the Relay list and never went back on.

See what Relay does to you...

1:34 PM  
Blogger dave bish said...

Stars are by grace.

2:35 PM  
Blogger étrangère said...

Ah, shining like stars in the Bishblogosphere... now why didn't that make it into Lindsay's memoirs? Mo will those talks be put on a CD or summat? They were v helpful indeed, and RWs I know want to think through them some more. Who am I kidding - I also want to have them for future reference and use. Did you say Carson Showing the Spirit is worth getting too? I don't think I've heard anyone but you refer to it among his books.

4:30 PM  
Blogger dave bish said...

I've found Showing the Spirit to be helpful on those chapters.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Little Mo said...

Very helpful on the whole. Balanced and fair from an open/cautious point of view, and then a bit bout how he has dealt with the issue as a Pastor. I think it may be out of print now though.

I found Fee to be the best actual commentary.

1:53 AM  
Blogger Undercover Theologian said...

Yeah I bought 'Showing the Spirit' and I think it was worth well it even though it didn't answer the one main question I had about a particular verse. To be fair the question was unusual and the commentary very good. I found it on Amazon.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous christy said...

I am reading mo. :)

4:37 PM  

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