An apology from last Sunday
As a young Pastor, I am thankful for the privilege it is to be able to preach to the wonderful people of Vine Church.
Last Sunday’s passage (1 Corinthians 5) was particularly confronting to me personally. It challenged me to consider how I approach others who are in sin, and it also challenged me in how I deal with sin in my own life. I hope and trust that God spoke to you through his word and that you not only take sin more seriously but also more blown away by how much God cares for us in spite of our sin.
I would like, however, to apologise for the way some of my jokes undermined the gospel I was preaching. As the Mission Pastor at Vine Church, I am always thinking about how Sundays can be more accessible to those who don't know Jesus in our city, and I am continually thanking God for how motivated everyone is in bringing their friends. I am disappointed with myself that my jokes were inappropriate, that they made people uncomfortable, and that they may make us less confident in bringing friends to hear the gospel preached each week.
I want to thank those of you who followed the principle from Matthew 18:15-17, and challenged me about this in private. I know I have many things to learn and have been encouraged by your words.
Can I leave you with a verse that we are memorising in our Community Group:
He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:8-9)