The Gospel is Contagious

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at St Andrew's Bo'ness who contributed to a magnificent 30th Anniversary weekend. It was quite overwhelming. And it was great to catch up with friends and family and to realise that the celebration was actually about the congregation and partners and all that we've achieved together over the past 30 years. One thing the weekend brought to my attention was how much I enjoy being involved with music. there might still be a sixth Bogle Band album who knows? It's important to take these moments to stop and reflect and enjoy the company of each other in order that we might take stock and also begin to prepare for the future. One thing i'm certain of is this that Church life in Bo'ness will not be as it is now 30 years from now. The world has changed, we are now living in the 2nd or even 3rd generation of people who have never attended church. This means that we need to begin to think alternative ways to be church in order to be relevant. The most enduring idea is the gospel. It is the gospel that has the power to change lives. Too often we as church members get hung up on buildings and ministers and programmes and projects. All these have their place but they only have significance if they are gospel focused. Remember what paul said "For i am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of god unto salvation, to everyone that believes." I don't think anyone group or any one person can claim to have all the right answers. However I'm convinced that if we wish to be relevant the four elements highlighted in the CWW report continues to be at the core of Christianity. Whatever happens the Church has to be true to the Gospel. It is the Gospel that is so contagious. Vital Christianity isn't something that is taught. its something that is caught. Its like a virus. So here is the question how contagious are you? As for the other three elements they follow on from the gospel, making us into people of friendship, using our gifts in the service of others and the church, in order that we might connect a lost and dying humanity to the one true source of life, God our Father from whom all things proceeed.

Posted By: italker   On: 21 Sep 2011   At: 6:57pm

Yes mike it was a great joy to see so many and some people who haven’t been around for a while.


Posted By: Mike Munro   On: 21 Sep 2011   At: 6:20pm

Also felt like the St Andrews version of the Homecoming, so many faces coming back.

We pray that this will continue to be the case, so many still to come

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