Dear Corbin Community,
According to the Old Testament, when Israel was saved from Egypt, they were saved for something: the Promised Land. Some 1500 years later, the apostle Paul reminds the Galatians that, like their forefathers, they have not just been saved; they have been saved for something: eternal life.
Here, Paul is trying to highlight for the Galatians how Christian salvation, like salvation from Egypt, gives way to a journey. One is saved and called to live into that salvation. Just as entering The Promised Land first required a journey through the desert, so too does experiencing eternal life require the lifelong process of becoming a new creation.
Which leads to a quick word on salvation. (Literally.)
The Hebrew word for “salvation”—yesha—is directly connected to the Hebrew word shalom, “wholeness.” For the Old Testament Hebrews, to enter shalom was to become whole. It was to experience health in mind, body, soul, and spirit.
And it still is.
As Christians, we, like the Galatians, have been saved—and we have been saved for something. We have been saved to enter shalom. To become whole. To become new creations—and what follows is the ongoing process of becoming those new creations.
This year at First Baptist Corbin we will be participating in an initiative called “The Wholeness Project: Living Into Salvation.” Rooting ourselves in the original meaning of the Hebrew word yesha, we will be engaging in activities aimed at the cultivation of our minds, our bodies, our souls, and our spirits. What’s more, we will be reflecting on how these activities are inextricably connected with our Christian salvation.
And we’d love for you to join us.
This Friday, January 29th, at 7PM in our church sanctuary, we will kick off “The Faith and Film Series,” where we will screen the Robin Williams film Dead Poets Society, to be immediately followed by a moderated discussion of the film’s spiritual themes at Corbin Cellars.
The following week, on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 6:15 PM, we will kick off “The Faith and Vocation Series,” with a panel discussing “Faith and Medicine.” Here, I will moderate a discussion with several of our local doctors—including Dr. Bill Daniel, Dr. Steve Morton, Dr. Aaron House, Dr. Chris Troxell, and Baptist Health Corbin president Larry Gray—about the intersection of Christian faith and the daily practice of medicine.
Then, at 12PM on February 10th, Ash Wednesday, we will kick off the “Faith and Communion Series,” where we will hold a 30 minute worship service that will include a prayer, a hymn, a homily, communion, and a bagged lunch. This is intended to be a space where the Corbin community can come together as one, regardless of church affiliation, and commune as—and with—the body of Christ.
Finally, we will kick off a series called “The Faith and Culture Café” on Sunday, March 6th at 6PM at You and Me Coffee and Tea, where a 30 minute talk on literature, philosophy, faith, film, music, and pop culture will be followed by a 30 minute discussion of topics from the talk.
Each of these series will meet at a regular time each month: “Faith and Film” on the final Friday, “Faith and Vocation” and “Faith and Communion” on the first Wednesday, and “The Faith and Culture Café” on the first Sunday. Childcare will be provided for each.
Again, we’d love for you to join us, and if you have any questions, please give us a call.
Here’s wishing you a happy and blessed 2016. May you experience the joy of Christ’s salvation and the wholeness that comes from living into it.
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Corbin
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