This morning the Cleveleys URC church, meeting at Anchorsholme Methodist, concluded the 2012 York course, with the Anglican minister (your’s truly) at the rudder. Oh, there was a sprinkling of others in attendance, but that was basically the mix.
It felt so normal right from the beginning, and that is one of the things that was a highlight, though it has been so much a part of proceedings, that we could have missed it.
When you belong to a country, a passport is a potent symbol of that belonging, and a right to access to citizenship among those people. When you belong to a club, it may be a swipe card, a membership booklet, or simply your name on a list, and you likewise have access to all that membership means.
Now, being a Christian allows you to have fellowship with the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit. “This is eternal life,” said Jesus, “that they might know you, the only true God, and his Son, whom you have sent.” It is what ‘it’ is all about. Available to all who will come to Jesus.
Our membership is not in an earthly form, like passport, membership list, or possession of shares. It is by the fact that we are changed.
We can think of it as having a ‘seal’, being re-coded in our DNA, or marked of God. We have been spiritually chipped.
It is so good when the reality of that is what is pre-eminent in our meeting together.
The gates of hell can not stand against us.