Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Word From the Pastor - September 2010

Sorry I'm a month late, but here is last month's A Word From the Pastor as found in our newsletter:

Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Art.  As a result, I have been exposed to various styles of art throughout history.  One of the most fascinating styles of art is pointillism – perhaps the most tedious form of art.  A pointillistic artist would paint their masterpiece not with brush strokes but with small dots.  Each dot, though small, contributes to the whole  painting.  Thus the viewer can see the entire piece from a distance, but when you get up close, every little dot comes into view.  Christianity is very much like pointillism.  We’re caught up into the points of the painting, but miss the portrait of the masterpiece.  What we see is abortion, marriage, good works, and false teachers, but when we do, we oftentimes miss the whole picture.  What we are missing is God.  I believe it is time for us to step back and look at the whole painting and when we do, we’ll be able to more clearly appreciate each individual dot.  The gospel consists of dots that contribute to the painting. The painting is of God.  So for the next several weeks, we will begin our look at the grand masterpiece: God Himself.  When we understand God, we will then understand every dot and how it contributes to the masterpiece.  The doctrine of God is practical.  All of theology is practical.  Who God is shapes what we believe and how we live.  A right view of God leads to a right view of everything else.  Join us for the next several weeks as we discuss God.  Who He is in His nature and why that matters to us.  Prepare to meet thy God (Amos 4:12).

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