All things new – Pastoral Backstory – September 15th, 2016

backstory-logo

 

September 15th, 2016

 

Nicholas Boulton

Nicholas Boulton

They take it on faith that roses are in fact red, that skies shining might be blue, or that we all live in a yellow submarine.

Those with color-blindness lack one or more types of the photoreceptor cells called “cones” which convey the various wavelengths of light corresponding to different hues. Color-blindness exists on a spectrum, some unable to distinguish red-green distinctions while others can’t make out blue-yellow contrasts, either.

The condition is typically genetic. It affects males more commonly. And there is no cure.

But maybe you saw this in recent months. It’s not a cure, but a dramatic advance in providing the color-blind access to a whole new and vivid world.

Just see how dramatic:

The folks at EnChroma who developed the glasses have, in effect, given these folks new eyes. They now see what they could not see, and with eyes they could not fashion themselves. Moreover, they at last see what is–the full truth of all they behold no longer obscured or distorted. To them–clearly–it is nothing short of breathtaking.

For nearly four months now we’ve listened to how Jesus has sought to reimagine life for us. His Sermon on the Mount outlines certain ethics to be sure, but ethics that entail a whole new way of seeing. One won’t follow in His way (at least for long) unless they see what, and how, He sees.

So for instance, you won’t follow His ethic on reining in your anger unless you see the darkness its unbridled expression plants in our souls–to say nothing of the havoc it can wreak on its object.

You won’t track with His teaching on lust unless you see those we might otherwise objectify as bearing an intrinsic glory a salacious intent dismisses.

You’ll find his warnings about the use of our words persnickety if you can’t see the worship underlying our language.

And you’ll never suffer the ridicule, the disenfranchisement, and even the pain of following Jesus if you don’t see Him as worthy of the authority He both unhesitatingly asserts and ably demonstrates.

For this new life we need new eyes.  And that new sight begins with seeing first Jesus as He is.

We’re nearing the end of this tour through His most famous sermon. What are you seeing that you hadn’t seen bef0re? Or seeing anew what had become with time obscured?

Or what of the life He’s outlined that requires new eyes to see still seems opaque? (It’s there you find reason for prayer, for conversation–even confession.)

Bedazzlement may not be our common experience in seeing life through the lenses He gives us. But that in no way diminishes the miraculousness of seeing as He sees.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
C.S. Lewis

cs-lewis-300x282

He gives us new eyes. But that does not exhaust all he makes new for us–for “he makes all things new.”

That includes a new family. Diverse in every way, but of one heart for the One who brought us together.

And in that larger, more diverse set of relationships, we must also be given new ears. We need ears to hear the one who is in some way “other” to us, and yet also one with us.

Lost in some english translations of Psalm 40 is the Psalmist’s thanksgiving for the “ears thou hast dug for me” (v. 6). As we are blind in need of new eyes, so a kind of deafness to the things of God also plagues. Deafness to God, but also deafness to the fulness of all God’s people.

But not a deafness irremediable.

This Sunday we’ll hear and sing in a tongue we may not know. It hails from W. African climes. And while the words will be foreign, their content will be entirely familiar. We will need ears to hear these words from a part of our larger family. As we do He will “put a new song in our mouth, a song of praise to our God” (Ps 40:3).

 

Ctk CG logo smallFinally, while families are bound together by common name and common story, families only become true families through sharing a common life. CtK is one local expression of the body–the family–of Christ. As such it’s inherent to our identity to help nurture genuine familial life. One way we seek to do that is through Community Groups. You’ve heard how new Groups are forming (or continuing) this month. This Sunday we’ll pray for all those who will facilitate them. A list of them you’ll find below. Consider visiting a Group during September. Just contact the facilitator.

CtK CGs Winter/Spring 2017

Group TypeFacilitator(s)Day/TimeLocationContact(s)/Notes
a Precept Ministries study of 1 Peter PUP_Cover_1Peter.inddwomen'sCarla EllisonTuesdays, 7-8:30p, resuming 1.24the home of Barbara Byron - 7415 Flameleaf Pl, Dallasemail Carla, or call (817-548-4279). Materials are $28.
A Kathleen Nielson study of Isaiahisaiahstudywomen'sKarla Pollock & Debby Comer (morning)

Karla Pollock & Cathy McAndrew (evening)
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pthe home of Cathy McAndrew,
1215 Rita Ln., Duncanville
email Karla and Cathy
a Redeemer study of Living in a Pluralistic Society [Group is now full for the fall]Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.51.17 AMmixedMargaret Doria, Hugh Comer, Mark & Rachel Kull, Jonathan & Liesl RaikesThursdays, 7-8:30protating locations in N. Oak Cliffemail Margaret [Group is presently full but may have room in the new year]
TBD (but a study of a particular book of the bible)mixedBill & Robin HarrisMondays, 7-8:30pthe home of Bill & Robin Harris 1369 Green Hills CtEmail Bill Harris
A study of Paul's letter to the Galatiansmen'sPatrick Lafferty & Kevin GladdingWednesdays, 7-8:30p
Resuming January 18th.
the home of Mark Rustine - 627 Little Creek Dr, Duncanvilleemail Patrick & Kevin

 

Author: Patrick

Pastor of Christ the King Church (PCA)

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *