The Gospel Question

Each week, a member of the parish submits a question relating to the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel lesson. We invite you to reflect on it yourself or with your family or friends, as we will be doing at meetings at St. Stephen’s. If you’d like to write a question or two, please email Sandy Emler.

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

The Gospel Question

What does it mean to be in Christian community? How can we work resolve differences within a (our) church community in a transparent non threatening manner?

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The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.