We held our monthly Muslim-Christian dialogue event last Sunday.
I was told – fairly last minute – as the month of Mohammad’s birth was upon us, our Muslim friends would like to talk about that. I didn’t have a comparable Christian festival to talk about at any rate and (see below) I’m not sure it helps us think biblically to focus on them at any rate, being as they are ultimately cultural.
So, instead, I thought I would focus on what Christians (and God himself) are to rejoice in. I was hoping to outline – albeit briefly and with scant detail – that there are no special days commanded of believers, but we are to rejoice over sinners repenting and in the Lord because of our salvation. I think went to the parables of various lost things to show how God rejoices over sinners who repent and he continues to welcome repentant sinners.
I spoke a little about communion being a representative meal in which we rejoice each week – something Jesus has commanded us to do – which allowed us to talk about God rejoicing in us, not as a result of law-keeping, but because of his grace to us through his Son.
Below are the slides that prompted any of that.