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Beyond the Sacred Secular Divide

Sun, Oct 29, 2017
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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.--1 Peter 2:9-10 (ESV) Who's the holiest person you can think of (and don’t give the Sunday School answer of "Jesus")? What do they do? Where is the holiest place you can think of? What kind of place is it? In the Medieval world, that was an easy answer. The holy people were the priests and monks. After all, they had given up everything to follow God. And they stood between the common, unholy people and God. And the holy places were churches. In those four walls the sacred work happened. You met God there. But when Luther and the other reformers rediscovered the doctrine of Justification, a different perspective was introduced. Your access to God was not through the priest but directly through Christ. Worship was connected to the community of the church, but not attached to a building. The sacred and the secular were merged. This week, we will close out our Reformation 500 series by looking at how the reformation will help us see all of life as worship, including our churches, occupations, and marriages.
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