From the Pastor...
These are the three fundamental tenets of my faith:
- God is love.
- God expects nothing from us. God expects everything from us.
- Numbers one and two above are beyond our understanding but not beyond our knowing.
Faith is a journey, not a destination. We don't "arrive" in faith on a particular day and time. We walk a journey throughout our lives in which we encounter the living Christ in our day to day living. It is in our experiences of traversing the dying and rising events of life that we come to know the fullness of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
A congregation is not a place of sure and certain answers to the big questions of faith and life. Rather it is a collection of people who wrestle with doubts and are unafraid to ask the hard questions. As a pastor, my job is to help people challenge the certitudes of faith that are proclaimed on television and on the radio and find for themselves the loving, redeeming, graceful word of God. Following Jesus does not mean we have to check our brains at the door but to find God in all the big and small places of our lives.
If you are looking for a place of welcome but not conformity, of uncertainty rather than false certainty, of diversity in unity, then come to Messiah and meet others on the journey of faith and life.