A Word From Geoff – June 2018

Dear Friends

As we have looked in detail at the Nicene Creed I have been made more and more aware of the warnings in the letter of James concerning how and what church leaders teach

James 3 v 1. ‘Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly’.

It is an awesome responsibility, a bit like playing with dynamite!

Having said that what also concerns me is the need to allow people to ask questions. I have no wish to lead a church full of ‘clones’. I want people who come along to St.Barnabas to feel comfortable saying ‘Hey , that’s not the way I see it at the moment’ or ‘I have real difficulties seeing that passage in the same way that you do’.

Open discussion and debate, motivated by grace, gentleness and understanding are the signs of a healthy church.

Yes there are, as we have said over the past few weeks, primary truths were we need to be firmly ‘standing on the rock’ of Jesus’ teaching, but there are a number of things that are open to differences of opinion.

Maybe when you explain your position to another brother and sister in Christ they will come around to your way of thinking. But they may not!

When we enter church on Sundays we don’t leave our brains behind at the door like Muslims leave their shoes.
Let’s discuss, let’s debate, but above all let’s also listen – to God, and to each other.

In His Grip

Geoff Vicar