A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Monday, March 23, 2009

Basic, No Frills, Foundational, Christianity

Yesterday after church services, our family was in a restaurant and we noticed a teenage girl and a middle age woman eating lunch together. That wasn't such a big deal. After all, they looked like they might be a mother and daughter, and both were dressed as if they had probably been to church.

What took us by surprise was when they moved aside their lunch plates and each took out their personal bibles and started discussing a passage of scripture together. My daughter said, "She's probably a confirmand and that's probably her adult mentor and their studying scripture together." This confirmand/adult mentor approach is what our church is using to help our seventh grade youth prepare for church membership. I nodded in agreement that this was probably as good a guess as any.

Isn't it cool to see things like this, especially out in public? What can be more basic to our faith than having two people team up together to help one another become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ?

Discipleship is as basic as this scene we witnessed in the restaurant. In addition to communal worship, a few people coming together on a regular basis to discuss the scriptures and help each other grow in what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ is a beautiful sight.

It doesn't get any more basic than this.

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