Every Sunday our worship service begins at 6pm at 513 Talbot Street. Don’t forget that doors open at 5:30 for set-up as well as coffee, juice and snacks. Then join us after the service (until roughly 9:00) for an extended time of fellowship and fun! Everyone is welcome.
This week, we will look at the opening words in the letter to the Romans (1:1-7). At the centre of Paul’s dense and sweeping introduction is the “gospel” of Jesus. This Gospel was (and is) not a system of salvation, but God’s revelation of the true King of Israel. Paul affirmed that the powers of Rome put Jesus on the cross hoping to kill the Messiah’s movement. But, strangely, Paul declared that Jesus was shown to be Messiah by the Resurrection from the dead. And hence the invitation to a calling…faith! Can this small church in Rome follow this Jesus in His methods? Under the nose of the Emperor, the self proclaimed Lord and Saviour of the world? What about us? When the powers of the world declare themselves, what methods, what “Lord” will we follow?
Last week, we introduced the whole book of Romans! Throughout the history of the church, the book of Romans has been discussed and understood in many different ways. But, as Dom Crossan shared with us once, “A young teen boy would be able to understand this letter just after it was written.” This means that misinterpretation often comes directly from misunderstanding the context of the letter, Caesar’s world, and Paul’s view of Jewish world through Jesus the Messiah. SO, we begin to look at all that this week! It is exciting, enriching, and wonderful letter. Come join us each week at six…Come early and help set up!