Pastoral Letter

“Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” (Acts 17:32)

Dear Zion,

Whatever question you’ve got, the resurrection is a good place to start.

In the earliest days of the Church, when St. Paul preached to the people of Greece, they listened politely until he came to the resurrection of Jesus. At that moment came the division of faith: “. . . some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” The resurrection made the difference.

As C. S. Lewis once noted,

The Resurrection is the central theme in every Christian sermon reported in the Acts. The Resurrection and its consequences were the “gospel” or good news which the Christians brought . . . .

The earliest converts were converted by a single historical fact (the Resurrection) and a single historical doctrine (the Redemption) . . . .

It was the answer then, and it’s still the answer today.

How do we share the gospel with someone? Start with the resurrection—just try, and see what happens! What hope do we have at the death bed? You have the risen Jesus. Can the faith help us in our loneliness? Yes! Because Jesus is risen, He is still with you today.

For us, the answer to every question begins and ends with the resurrection. It changes everything, and it gives us everything: good promises, good Supper, good life, even in a world of broken promises, hunger, and sin. My prayer for Zion is that we would welcome this life more and more deeply, learning the depth and breadth of Christ’s new life for us. That life is our joy and the health and salvation of our community.

Christ is risen! Peace! Pr. Gjerde