6. I learned that…A lot of people connect with Jesus Christ through the personal
Presbyterians in the past have prided themselves on the cerebral. I am a child of this heritage in the sense that I studied for 10 years, Ph.D. included, before being ordained. Our worship tends to rely on thinking, and for very good reasons (Google the etymology of hokus pocus!).
One of the things we tried almost from the beginning of the service we started was once a month to have someone stand up and talk about God in their life.
I learned that as a pastor I could talk until I was blue in the face about how much Jesus loves you, but when someone else stands up and shares personally from their life, about where God has been, how they have experienced suffering and healing, mercy and grace, the listening in the room goes to a whole new level. And rightly so.
Over the years, the stories I’ve heard from people now in the congregation continue to astound me. People from Europe, Africa, Asia, the U.S., Canada, the Maritimes, out West, Montreal, all over, have shared. A living testimony. It puts exegesis and careful sermon writing in a whole new light.
You want to see the resurrection? Ask some people to stand up and talk about the risen Christ’s presence with them in their lives. Wow.