It’s Pretty Simple

Psalm 138; Mark 1:14–16; John 16:5–11 (read online ⧉)

Some of you know just how simple our really is. On the other hand, within its simplicity is great complexity. The tension within that “entertains” theologians, and can drive the rest of us a little crazy.

Part of the complexity is not that our is truly complex, but that we understand ourselves and our fellow humanity. Humanity seeks to find the “gray” areas. We seek to get away with whatever we can.

Many of the arguments (or strongly-ed discussions and schisms) revolve around what “exactly” the say. Often, sadly, some of the biggest struggles are over what the Bible doesn’t say. In the Church of the Nazarene, we say that the 66 Books of the Bible contain all that is necessary to understand salvation (ing it is something different). Yes, that leaves it open to a lot of discussions. Many of those are good discussions; some of them aren’t so good. Yet, the “” remains simple.

Mark says proclaimed, “repent and believe…” That’s pretty simple.

John, on the other hand, begins to show that it isn’t quite so simple. The Counselor (the Holy Spirit) will come to convict. Of course, only after one is convicted (ually, not legally) can one repent. So quickly the simplicity is peeled away.

There is something odd about this. His 11 s (we’ll skip Judas Iscariot) would be d at this point, would they not? Yet, implies that it is not quite the case; it is, and it isn’t. Or, perhaps, it is more of a “d to the best of your understanding now” and “better d later”.

died for us. There isn’t a question about that. The Holy Spirit convicts. doesn’t. So, we need the Holy Spirit. Still sort of simple, but we can see how quickly, just with s, that simple is not simplistic, and complexity hides the simpleness.

※ Prayer ※
, help us to keep the simpleness of the in our s. At the same time, help us not be confused or overwhelmed by trying to understand you, our infinite Creator. Amen.

※ Questions ※
1) How do you know someone has been d? What do you ask them?
2) Once you know they’re d, do you talk about the mysteries of ? Why or why not?
3) If you had to choose between the being simple or the being complex, which would you choose? Why?
4) Do you think simple and complex are the right s? What other s might you use?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.