Daily Dose, May 6 — Early Believers

When you read the letters in the New Testament, do you ever wonder what church life was like for those 1st century believers? They were real people, facing real challenges as they sought to live lives of devotion, learning what Jesus taught and figuring out how that looked in real life. Sometimes it was difficult to navigate, and different people had different understandings of how to live a faithful life in Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote letters to people in just such a state, and we have the great privilege to read his words of insight and wisdom.

Those who first read Paul’s letter were dealing with the hard, complex understanding of the ways culture influences how we think and live -- and how our life of faith influences how we think and live. Throughout his letters, Paul is encouraging us to see all of life through the lens of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All other influences take a back seat to the one who taught us how to think, believe and live.

This week, we will hear words of wisdom, just as believers have for thousands of years. May our hearts be open to these words of wisdom.

“To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  (1 Corinthians 1:2-3)

-- Rev. Terri Henkel