Last month I announced we would be doing a sermon series on “Scriptures We’d Rather Forget,” and for the last two weeks members have pinned the scriptures they would rather forget to our worship board in the front office area for me to choose to use in worship.
I am both excited and anxious about these scriptures. As I read over the scriptures presented and the reasons for selecting them, I began to realize that several of the scriptures selected are not just difficult to understand, they are divisive and hurtful to many. It has reminded me how scripture can be used to grow the body of Christ or it can be used in such a way as to divide. Instead of shying away, we are going to faithfully explore these passages, and we are starting by exploring Paul’s exhortation for women to be silent in worship. Although I truly enjoy using this passage to poke fun, I cannot help but reflect at how damaging this passage has been to churches and to many people.
As we move through various scriptures this month, we need to prayerfully prepare ourselves to truly be challenged in our faith, challenged in our theology, and challenged as a community living as the body of Christ. These scriptures, along with our earnest desire to hear God’s Word, will open up conversations and questions within our church. I pray — and I believe — this will only further shape our congregation in the image of God.
So, I encourage you to share the scriptures that trouble you or challenge you, and together we will faithfully discern God’s Spirit moving among us! Let us prepare to worship God!
Rev. Brandon E Miles
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