Dr. Paul Aganski, head of the Adult Education Council at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Amesbury, MA, has provided an exhortation to the church to become a people living into the whole story of God. Find out more from his article in the Spring edition of the Center for Theology.
As a teacher of the church, Paul has noticed that most in the church are “people of the middle,” organizing their devotion around only two of the four main chapters in God’s story of Redemption. If there are four main chapters in God’s story (being Creation–Fall–Redemption–Judgment), the church usually just focuses on the Fall and Redemption parts of the story. We tend to focus on ourselves as sinners and God’s grace in saving us, but often fail to appreciate our role in Creation or the fact the we ourselves will face judgment at the end of all things. Thus, the church often practices an incomplete spirituality.
Paul exhorts the church to live into the whole story of God, incorporating the themes of Creation and Judgment into their devotional lives. Initially, he recommends all of us to spend more time in the opening chapters of Genesis and the book of Revelation, in order to remind ourselves of God’s full redemptive plan. In later articles, Paul will explore more fully how to become “People of Complete Story.”
Please take some time today to read Paul’s article.