My apologies for failing to post this essay on time, as promised. I actually prepared this week’s blog in time to post last Sunday but found myself away and both unable to post and forgetful. So here it is six days late. I will continue my usual schedule tomorrow.
A year-long series of weekly essays re-imagining the Reforming Church. This is not a scholarly effort, crafting neither an ecclesiastical nor a theological system. Rather, it is simply a futurist’s snapshot – it is how I imagine the church proceeding forward through the next decades in the tradition of the Reformation.
The Reforming Church does not depend on a flow of cash to maintain its ministries and witness. This isn’t to say that the Reforming Church is without resources. It simply means that the Reforming Church depends on the generosity of the Followers of the Way to provide. The prayer of the Reforming Church is a prayer of thanksgiving (Matthew 14:19),
- grounded in the simple faith that all the Followers of the Way have is a gift from God, and their willingness to give all that they have away,
- trusting that God’s provision is sufficient.
This simple prayer acknowledges something more elemental than simply the well-being of the Church. It is prayed in the hope that what God has given is enough. Indeed, the Gospel stories of the feeding of the 5,000 teaches, that even with the disciples’ limited source of provision, by God’s grace there is enough for everyone to be filled – and more left over (Luke 9:17).
Generosity, one of the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) in which Followers of the Way are steeped, is a recurring theme to which the Teachers of the Church return often. It is mandated that the Teachers of the Church cultivate generosity among the Followers of the Way.