First Christian Church of Princeton
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Building the Kingdom of God

 

FROM THE PASTOR

 
CHURCH OF SINNERS
 
Paul called himself the chief sinner.  I think I must be the second chief sinner.  What I have come to accept is that the church is made for sinners. Yet we are failing to get our message out.
 
Much of what outsiders struggle with when it comes to church and Christianity is an imagined level of performance they assume is required of those on the inside. People think a certain behavior level is expected- a kind of incorrect thinking that keeps out the very people for whom the gospel of Jesus Christ exists. This is what keeps single moms away from church, even when they want to come and desperately need friendship and support. This is what keeps out those who have had abortions, and the men who have caused them. Not to mention recovering addicts, ex-cons, the poor, the homeless, the mentally challenged. It's starting to look like the crowd that followed Jesus around when he was here - lepers, the deranged, demon possessed, the blind, the lame, and the social misfits.
 
To many people church is synonymous to a country club, and this is why Church of Sinners carries such possibilities. Church of Sinners brings some people up and others down to where everyone is where they can enjoy the grace of God.
 
My favorite definition of the church comes from Robert Farrar Capon, Episcopal priest and student of the grace of God. In his understanding, the church is "a community of astonished hearts proclaiming the end of religion in Jesus" - "astonished," because they know they don't deserve to be in, and "the end of religion" because it is the end of all performance-based assumptions that have been built up around religion for years.
 
The word for anyone outside needs to be acceptance not performance. And if it's sinners who hold the inside track on the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ, then all sinners are welcome. Who could feel bad about joining a group of other sinners? The only people who might not feel very good about joining the Church of Sinners would be those who don't think they are that sinful, but I know for a fact, there are plenty of other places that would be more than happy to have good people like them.
 
Feel free to come join us here at First Christian Church.  You will be accepted as one of us--sinners.

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 
ELDERS,DEACONS, DEACONESS AND WORSHIP LEADERS
 SCHEDULE

 
SPTEMBER 2011
 
DEACONESS:  Carol McKinney 
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
 5th
ELDER:
Ford Branch
ELDER:
Steve Meadows
ELDER:
Doug Johnson
ELDERS:
Norman Phillips

  ELDER:

DEACONS: 
       Carol McKinney
       George McKinney
       Mike McCauley
       Judy McCauley
DEACONS:
     Kate Hart
     Jake Meadows
     Steve Boaz
     Roger Lisanby
DEACONS:
     Sean Mestan
     Ty Englebright
     Tracy Wilhelm
     Kenny White
DEACONS: 
     Kay Branch
     Frank Egbert
     David Williams
     Billie Lewis
DEACONS:
To be picked
from those
present
  
WORSHIP LEADER:
Melissa Fletcher
WORSHIP LEADER:
Carol McKinney
WORSHIP LEADER:
Laura Harris
WORSHIP LEADER:
Sean Mestan
 WORSHIP LEADER:
 



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