According to Martin Luther – and many other teachers before and since –Christ is the center. The center of the scriptures. The center of God’s plan. And most precious of all – the intended center of our lives.
Over the last seven weeks at Celebration we have undertaken a series called “Foundations”. When we conceived and launched this series, it was intended to share the basics of the Christian faith. We did this for several reasons:
- To make sure we are always coming back to the core beliefs of our faith.
- To make sure that all of us are receiving the same basic teaching.
- To make sure that as a leadership team we are not straying from the biblical foundations of our faith.
As we dealt with the subjects of God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Demons, Angels, Heaven and Hell, another interesting dynamic began to emerge. It became more and more clear, to me at least, that Martin Luther was right on target relative to Christ being the center. The more we poured into the scriptures to get to the very kernels of truth on these subjects, the more it became obvious that all of scripture is pointing the supremacy of Christ. To Christ as the Son of God. To Christ as the Messiah. To Christ as the Prince of Peace and the ultimate ruler of the heavens and the earth. Lets be frank – to Christ as the fulfillment of our lives.
As hard as it was to bring together these mammoth-sized subjects into bite sized morsels, I believe the result was worth it. I have heard from many people how much they learned each week. Keep learning, keep growing. Keep searching the scriptures on your own and challenging your own understanding. One of the key learnings for me came during the Angel sermon preparations. I had to be very careful to read and understand only that which was contained in the scripture and not to rely on what I thought was in the scripture. Odd how sometimes those two don’t line up.
I am looking forward to our next series. We are continuing in the concept of Foundations, but will begin to tackle the Foundations of a Christian Character. Now that we have a good understanding of the foundations of our faith – what does that mean for our own lives. If we are to become more like Christ…what does that mean?
Well…come back on Sunday and lets talk about it. See you at Church.
Fred Hill, Pastor
February 16, 2016