10FEB2019 | Tell the Story. Period.
ONE CAN BE FORGIVEN IF BY THE TIME THEY GET TO THE END OF A RATHER LONG DOCUMENT THEIR ATTENTION TO DETAIL HAS waned a little since there has already been so much to absorb. To do this with what we call Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, however, might just put us in position to miss some wonderful nuggets of truth, wisdom, and encouragement as we seek to live as God's faithful people. To do this would also rob us of some essential reminders that, if internalized and practiced, might go far in reducing the amount of hatred and violence (physical and rhetorical.)
Through the first 11 verses of chapter 15, we are reminded that, at the end of the day, the church universal and local has but one central task - to tell and live out the story of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
It is really that simple.
We tell the story so we will not forget. We do not have the pressure to write the story. We know the story is for all generations. We realize the story is not about us at all, and with that reality comes a sense of relief and joy.