Well it’s Wednesday afternoon and it seems like as good a time as any to send out the text and queries for Sunday. I hope you’re all doing well and hope you’re finding ways to rest and worship Christ this week.
This Sunday is our last Sunday for our Quaker testimonies series. We will be discussing the unique perspective that Quakers have on mission and some of the meaning behind the Light of Christ and how that pertains to sharing God’s love with people.
Our passage for Sunday is a classic Quaker text:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. (John 1:1–18)
You gotta love it. It’s chalked full of light and darkness, talk about Christ being the “Word of God” and is a beautiful picture of God’s efforts to reach out to all of creation.
1. What strikes you most about this passage? What do you notice that you may not have seen before?
2. What does this passage tell us about what “mission” might look like?
3. What do you think the Light has to do with mission?
The Summer Series
I’m interested in feedback around your experience of this series this summer. What did you find most interesting, helpful, life-giving about what we talked about? What would you have liked to hear more about? Are there things you still have questions about? Do you have any suggestions for how to do this again if we were to do something similar?