God’s Little, but Holy Community

God’s Little, but Holy Community

The liberating gospel of Jesus Christ is not the fenced off property of institutions. The gospel is the gift of
God. The holy catholic church, that is, the Christian Church, is the steward of the gospel, this is sure. But do not equate the authentic Christian faith with what is pleasing to the eyes, ears, nose, and mind. Especially do not be deceived by the voices that masquerade themselves as beautiful, undefiled, and
incorruptible.

The true disciples of the gospel of Jesus Christ are few in number. They are scattered throughout the
world and throughout the ages. Their might isn’t found in numbers. Their strength is not in institutional
power. Nor is their hope in eloquence. The Christian Church, that is, the holy catholic church, will not be
appealing to the senses. It will not be attractive in its outward appearances. It has so little power in the
world. Governments want nothing to do with it. Militaries have no use for it. It has “no place to rest its
head.”

Indeed, the true gospel is homeless. It will always be until the Last Day. But, wherever the gospel is
preached in its purity and the sacraments administered accordingly, there you will find God’s little, but
holy community. Indeed, “It is called together by the Holy Spirit in one faith, mind, and understanding. It
possesses a variety of gifts, and yet is united in love without sect or schism.“ They are the work of the
Holy Spirit and done by his authority. Of course, this is a matter of faith. No eye can see nor ear can hear
this. Do not boast in numbers, in years, nor in power. The only boast is heard in vulnerability…in the
darkness of faith. We live by faith, faith in a crucified Lord.

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Jesus once said to the chief priests and Pharisees, “The tax collectors and prostitutes are going ahead of
you into the kingdom of God.” Why? Because they believed. The gospel in its purity is that we are
justified by grace, through faith, on account of Christ, apart from works. And so, as an equivalent in our
day, we can say to the chief priests and Pharisees, “The sexual and gender minorities are going ahead of
you into the kingdom of God.” Not because they have a righteousness of their own. But a righteousness
that comes from God through faith. The liberating gospel of Jesus Christ is a gift of God, not the fenced
off property of institutions.

Peace,
Pastor Levi Powers
Mount of Olives Lutheran Church
Rock Springs, WY