My sermon series through 1 Corinthians has been a very beneficial one for me for various reasons, not the least of which concerns my role as pastor. I wanted to share the following quote from Fee:
“All too often those ‘in charge,’ be they clergy, boards, vestry, sessions, or what have you, tend to think of the church as ‘theirs.’ They pay lip-service to it being ‘Christ’s church, after all,’ then proceed to operate on the basis of very pagan, secular structures, and regularly speak of ‘my’ or ‘our’ church. Nor does the church belong to the people, especially those who have ‘attended all their lives,’ or who have ‘supported it with great sums of money,’ as though that gave them special privileges. The church belongs to Christ, and all other things–structures, attitudes, decisions, nature of ministry, everything–should flow out of that singular realization.” – 1 Corinthians, NICNT, 135
I imagine a few feathers may be ruffled should that be read aloud in any congregation. Hmmmm…perhaps I shall incorporate this quote into the sermon!
Αυτω η δοξα,