One of the problems experienced in the early church was persecution. When you are seeking to change how people perceive the world as Christianity definitely was, there will be pushback.
The disciples were arrested and then brought before the council. What they told them was in our lectionary reading for Sunday, Acts 5:27-32:
27When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” 29But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” (NRSV)
These words are important for the early church and they remain important for us. How do we obey God rather than human authority? This is something every Christian asks from time to time.
I’ll be speaking to this on Sunday as we look at confirming our faith over conforming to the world. I hope you’ll join us! Our 11 am sanctuary service will be featuring our 2019 confirmation class joining so this will be an extra-special Sunday! Trey will be worshipping via livestream on Sunday since we anticipate he and Addison’s baby daughter Sloane’s arrival this week! I will be preaching the circuit and will join Worship on Hurd for the first part of the service.
Our Administrative Council will be meeting Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary to discuss some new opportunities for ministry with First United Methodist Church of Guthrie. I’m inviting anyone in our church to attend. If there are any votes to be taken, the council members will vote but the congregation is welcome to come to hear what is on the horizon. As a strong church, a part of our future may be helping some near-by sister churches to find their footing in this 21st century landscape. I see this as a way that we can further our unique United Methodist witness to the world. If you can’t be there with us, there will be a write-up in the Messenger the following week.
I pray God’s blessings on you as we celebrate the Easter season together!