In my sermon this past Sunday I sort of re-issued a vision that I believe God has for our church right now. Namely, to go beyond the walls of our church and find ways to serve our neighborhood and city with the love of Jesus. To put it another way, I firmly believe that God is pushing us as a church to find ways to “love our neighbor” here in Northfield.
In a sense, this is a rather vague idea, right? “Loving your neighbor” could mean just about anything. And if this is the case, then how can this “vision” guide our church in any tangible way? Does “loving our neighbor” mean we should offer another free meal? Does it mean that we should volunteer at Greenvale Elementary? Or should we help with affordable housing efforts? Or give more money to the CAC? Fair questions.
But at least for me, these questions do not nullify this vision or confuse it in any way. They only confirm it! Dr. Seuss put it this way, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Exactly!