Public Faith

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“And every day in the temple and at home, they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.” Acts 5:42

One of the many themes in the Book of Acts is how the Holy Spirit called the Apostles and early Christ-Followers into a public faith. Each time the Apostles try to turn inward and recoil to the solitude of their small cohort the Holy Spirit calls them out. The Holy Spirit moves them from a private faith to public faith. They are called to publically witness through their daily living the radical message of love, hope, and justice that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I wonder how we live our faith publically. How does the Holy Spirit call us out? Are we public followers of Christ in our own time and place? In Rev. Amy’s sermon on Sunday, she made the point that each one of us is called, by God, to do something. Each one of us can be in partnership with God’s work in the world. We are called to be people who are awake, aware, alive, and engaged in this world. It is in our daily living that we proclaim that we are God’s children. It is through our public actions caring for the vulnerable, speaking truth to power, and disrupting the status quo that we demonstrate our faith in Jesus Christ.

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