Dear Members and Friends of Vineyard,
Greetings from Kingston, Massachusetts. As I sit here on Inauguration Day, I’d carefully put these words forward for your processing from Martin Luther King, Jr who wrote,
“We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”
His premise I think, is an appropriate tone for where we are as a country. We want to be unified, but we also cannot ignore what has transpired in our country in 2020. God is genuinely concerned, and we must continue to pray and, as His Spirit leads, speak. Remember, YHWH spoke with Moses, “as a man is wont to speak to his friend,” (Ex 33:11) and the Scriptures also say, “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Num 12:3).
The Apostle Paul (who was probably more humble than what we realize) wrote,
“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ…Now I exhort you brothers and sisters, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you may be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment”(1 Cor 1:4-7, 10).
Paul called the church of Corinth to unity. Unity without an accurate interpretation as Jesus spoke it and as Paul taught it (Biblical theology) is not unity at all! We can love one another, but the cry for unity is a hollow one unless we are reading our Bibles without re-interpreting what the Fathers of the Faith have advocated.
Today, I am appealing to all of you in a spirit of humility – as a “mere” man with all of you precious people on my heart. Thank you for exercising humility and restraint each week to love one another, and be investing as a part of His body here, of which, Jesus is the head, searching the Scriptures for what is right and true.
As Moses did with God, thank you for being willing to engage in the conversation. Our highest goal ought to be to follow Jesus, on a daily basis. As we do this, we will be part of His great strategy to reconcile sinners here in Kingston and the surroundings.
Finally, expanding the Kingdom of God only happens by resources-your generosity goes towards reaching many lives who are also close to Jesus’ heart! It takes a committed body of believers to do this – that’s done week by week, by many of you. Again, thank you.
A blessing over you in this difficult season: may the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you in 2021.
Be salt and light,
Seth J Andreson