“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.” (1 Cor. 2:12-13)
In the month of February we will be working our way through a good portion of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth and Jesus’ sermon on the mount as remembered in the gospel of Matthew. In each, the church is explicitly being formed for lives of imagination and resistance. Jesus challenges those who follow to be salt and light, sharp and bright and a strong contrast to what the world calls wise. None of us becomes Christians on our own. Later in his letter to the Corinthians Paul writes, “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received…” (1 Cor. 15:3).
How did you become a Christian? Who passed on to you what they in turn had received from others? Who have been your teachers in the faith? Whose words, actions, witness or example have you followed as you practiced your faith? These are the questions we’re asking one another this month as we listen for testimonies in worship and reflect on our Christian faith and life throughout the week.
We are looking for people in the St. Luke’s community who have stories to share about the people who formed their faith. If you have a testimony to share, contact Pastor Erik who will be working with those giving testimony throughout the month of February.