This isn’t the first time Trinity has adopted a new constitution (1987, 1970) and so this is nothing really new. But it is still a CHANGE and many people dislike CHANGE.
Well, perhaps it’s not so much the CHANGE we dislike as it is the feeling of powerlessness – that something is being done to us without our involvement and approval.
Conversation, feedback and compromise are important to any CHANGE process. Our new constitution is the product of conversation, feedback and compromise. However, there are some things that cannot be compromised on.
As Peter and the other apostles were asked by the religious establishment of their day to keep quiet about Jesus, their response was, We must obey God rather than human beings (Acts 5:29).
The Church is not ultimately a democracy, but a people gathered under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:18). All matters of faith and life are guided by the Word.
We may dislike CHANGE, but the Word declares over and over again God’s desire to CHANGE us. Listen to what God’s Word says:
- Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed…(1 Corinthians 15:51)
- I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect…(Romans 12:1-2)
- So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day…(2 Corinthians 4:16)
Easter is about CHANGE. It is about our God taking us while we were dead in our sins and raising us to a new life.
Certainly not every CHANGE we encounter is good, but we can trust that the CHANGE God desires for us is very good.
– Pastor Tim
- Special Congregational meeting: Sunday, April 27 (after worship)…First reading of new constitution.
- Congregational Planning Event: Saturday, May 3 (9 am – 12 noon)