Day One Sacred Season 2015

let there be light
Day One Sacred Season 2015

DAY 1.  9th June “Let there be light”  Genesis 1:1-2; 14-19   

Rev. Dr. Hedley Fihaki,  Queensland,  National  Chair of ACC.

 

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:3-4 NIV)

 Basis of Union:  “built upon the One Lord Jesus Christ”  (paragraph 3)

 We begin our 40 days of prayer and fasting reflecting on  the unique fact that creation as a whole was ‘called’, not evolved, into existence out of ‘nothing’ by God’s living and active Word (Creation Ex nihilo). God speaks His Word and life comes into being! Life begets life! Life cannot come from non-life.

In the same way, the Church, like the people of Israel, was called into existence out of nothing; “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2: 10).  In other words, we are dependent fully on God’s faithfulness to His Word expressed in the Covenant, “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God” (Exodus 5: 7).

 To try and live and work outside this framework, is to risk returning to nothingness, darkness and death. Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”(John 8: 12).  To ensure that we fulfill our mission as the Uniting church, i.e. to be a ‘light of God’s salvation to the ends of the earth’ (Isaiah 49: 6), Davis McCaughey’s words are worth noting regarding the ‘primacy of the Word in the life of the Church’: “In approaching the doctrine of the ministry and the ordering or government of the life of the Church we are conscious of the need to remember that questions of faith precede those of order. Put it another way. The Gospel does not depend upon ministers, ministers are dependent upon, derive their authority from the Gospel. Moreover the doctrine of the Church precedes logically and theologically the doctrine of ministry”.[1] “That must always be so, for the church is the creation of the gospel, called into being by the gospel and given shape by the gospel. If order is divorced from faith, what then determines the order of the church? Expediency? The structures of big business? What its members think would be most efficient?”[2]  

 The faith of Church, in other words, is not a series of human aspirations. That is, it is not dependent on the will of men and women. It is, as our Basis of Union put it, “built upon the One Lord Jesus Christ” (para. 3), the Word of God.

When we ponder on the power of God’s Word, we find ourselves saying these words and experiencing this reality, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24: 32).

 Prayer: Our heavenly Father, may you set our “Hearts on Fire” as you continue to speak to us and purify us through your Word, for your honour and glory alone. In Jesus name. Amen.

 Pray for:  a) The Persecuted Church in Asia; especially North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan            b) Ministry of Assembly of Confessing Congregations


[1] McCaughey, D. “Forward Together: On What Basis?” in Essays on the Basis of Union in the Uniting Church. Edited by Rev. Dr. Max Champion (1994) Forum Booklets No. 6. p.17.  Published by The Forum on Faith and Society.

[2] The Status, authority and role of the Basis of Union within the UCA. Advisory Group on Church polity 1995.