April 23, 2017
Steve DeNeff -. On the first Easter, Jesus established, not only the gospel (Lk 24:45-47), but the community that would be responsible for declaring it: the Church (24:48-49). This new community - as flawed and fragile as it is - would become "the mystery which for ages past was kept hidden in God ... so that now, through the Church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known ... according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Jesus Christ," (Eph. 3:9-10). Yet there are many who underestimate the power of this community, some who attend it every week. Today we'll celebrate the power of the Church - "the resurrected ones" - and the purpose of our church in particular, and then, in light of that, your place within our church.