In Touch April 9, 2010
Posted on April 9, 2010 by under Touché,

Conversion 

“Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters  at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.” (1 Cor 15:6-8)

 Last week in a packed church we heard the good news that Christ is risen.  The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians and encouraged them to talk to people who had encountered the risen Christ.  He includes himself on the list at the end.  This week, probably in a less packed church, we will begin to hear the stories of how that event changed lives in scripture and continues to change lives of people we know.

 We begin with Peter and the story of the apostles, who ran for cover on Good Friday, but in a couple of months are standing and proclaiming that Christ is alive, even if it costs them their lives.  Along with Peter we will hear from Jenna Argyle.  She is in our confirmation class.  She will share her story of encounter with the risen Christ and her conversion as she was baptized last year.

Paul encouraged us to hear the stories of people whose lives have been changed by Christ and in the next seven weeks we will be doing that.  The book of Acts records how a small band of followers became people who turned the world upside down.  Each week we will hear a personal story of someone in our church who has experienced conversion through encounter with Christ.    On Sunday the whole church will be introduced to this year’s confirmation group; those that will stand in June and confess their faith in Christ.  At the end of this series, May 23, we will receive new members into the church on the day of Pentecost when 3,000 were baptized and believed that Christ was risen.  We will hear some of the new members’ stories on that day.  Paul would tell us to pay attention to these stories.

The Good News continues on and lives are touched and transformed with the truth that he is risen.  I think Easter was awesome this year, but I am more excited to hear stories about the way the risen Christ continues to change lives.

 He is risen!

Taylor