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“We few, we happy few…”

October 23, 2011

Our local church had a church meeting after this service this morning to discuss and vote on our newly proposed Statement of Faith, Bylaws and Relational Commitments.  Apart from one or two small amendments all three documents passed unanimously.  This is noteworthy in my mind because our documents are pretty serious in their approach to the Christian faith and their application of that faith within our church community and our local surrounding community.  It would have and could have been so easy to play throw the culture card that would excuse independently minded people from Wyoming from engaging in what is meant to be an intimate biblical community.  In fact, during the 2 weeks leading up to the vote there were several people from within and without the church questioned just how far we could go.

But Christ commands us to teach ALL His commands, and surprisingly, He expects us to do it.  Now, there is no way apart from the supernatural enabling of the Holy Spirit that anyone could or even want to do this. But we can, by God’s grace, and I’m very proud and pleased with this small community of believers.  Robert Browning wrote, “ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” from which Oswald Chambers drew a beautiful lesson on vision.  Chambers writes, “Ideals may lull to ruin. Take stock of yourself spiritually and see whether you have ideals only or if you have vision.”  These statements of faith and community are vision, a vision that is to lead us away from ambivalence into initiative, away from the boredom that Christianity has become for so many into the adventure of the Kingdom.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…”  Shakespeare in Henry V

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