In the month of February we are reading The Screwtape Letters, by CS Lewis, one letter at a time. Today, we read the second letter. If you’ve not been able to purchase your own copy of the book, it can be downloaded here:
This second letter from Screwtape to Wormwood causes us to (re)consider our relationship with ‘Church’. We are challenged, perhaps, when the Bible’s view of ‘Church’ feels at odds with our experience. The bible speaks of the spiritual reality which is the Universal Church— “spread through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners” — while we tend to see imperfect Christians and hypocrites.
How do you respond to “disappointment” with church?
It is possible that we might feed someone else’s “disappointment” with church. In this way, we could be a ‘stumbling block’ to another person’s faith. How might we take precautions against this?
How might the following passages encourage your participation in the life of your church?
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.1 John 1:5-7
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:12-17