“Breaking Bread” | 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Second in the series, “Broken…Yet Made Whole.”
The Apostle Paul frames his own suffering and the suffering of his fellow Christians as participating in the suffering of Christ. As Paul considers his own suffering and the direction of his life, he remembers the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. In that way, his brokenness takes on additional meaning, and he is able to see it as participating in the life of Christ. Over and over again, Paul says that we live life “in Christ” and, in living our lives in Christ, we participate with Christ in his suffering so that our brokenness has new meaning for us. In addition to our reading for Sunday, I invite you to also consider these passages from Paul as we approach worship on Sunday:
- Romans 5:3b-5 – Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
- Romans 8:14-18 – For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.
- Philippians 3:10-12 – I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;[g] but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster
FUMC Welcomes Dr. James Fleming
We are delighted to welcome Dr. James Fleming as our Lenten guest speaker. As an extremely popular and informative scholar of Biblical archaeology, history, and interpretations, Dr. Fleming brings to our Lenten experience his unique ability to illustrate and bring Biblical texts to life. With a lively and entertaining style of delivery and thought-provoking style of weaving together old and recent discoveries, Dr. Fleming’s presentations will provide a fascinating and meaningful frame of reference for our continuing faith journeys as he walks us through the days of Holy Week.
Dr. Fleming’s lecture is funded by the FUMC Goosetree Lectures.