A Helpful Word in Preparation of the Study
Hear this word from Brett McCracken from his 2017 book Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community, pages 125-126.
“On most Sundays, it’s far easier to stay at home than it is to come spend a few hours singing and mingling over doughnuts with people you would never otherwise hang out with. Whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, Millennial or octogenerian, Republican or Democrat, you probably find it tough at times to relate to some people in your church. As an introvert, I often dread the “in between” times on Sundays, when I have to muster the social energy to talk to people whose lives and interests are very different than mine. If the pre-church and between-service coffee times at Southlands were full of people who loved Terrence Malick films and cared about Kansas City-area sports, that’d be one thing. As it is, I often struggle to find talking points with the military guys and CrossFit coaches and soccer moms who comprise my community. But I manage, and in the end it is worth it. These are my people. My brothers and sisters. And I love them.
“Scott Sauls says membership in a local church means ‘joining your imperfect self to many other imperfect selves to form an imperfect community that, through Jesus, embarks on a journey toward a better future . . . together.’ This is the uncomfortable but beautiful struggle of being the church. The church may be faulty, says Spurgeon, ‘but that is no excuse for your not joining it, if you are the Lord’s.’ Nor should you feel disqualified by your own faults, he adds: ‘for the Church is not an institution for perfect people, but a sanctuary for sinners saved by Grace, who, though they are saved, are still sinners and need all the help they can derive from the sympathy and guidance of their fellow Believers.'”
Lyrics & Chord Sheets
For the “Praise” section of each lesson, we look at a song from the WEPC Doxology Album. As a resource to you, here is a link to the lyrics for each of the songs.
Chord Sheets are also available. If you would like them, please contact Tiffanie Chan.
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