The latest edition of Ruminations, the official magazine of the Saltbush Program, features an article from our own United Theological College faculty member, Dr Jeff Aernie. We invite you to enjoy the article titled Small – in Experiencing The Word, and the latest SPRING edition of Ruminations thanks to Program Director Reverend Mark Faulkner.
Ruminations – SPRING Edition 2018 (Issuu link)
EXTRACT | Small – Experiencing The Word by Dr. Jeff Aernie
Lecturer in New Testament Studies @ United Theological College
One of Jesus’s most well-known sayings refers to a small mustard seed: “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matt 17:20).
For as long as I can remember this verse has been an encouragement to me. It reminds me that my personal inadequacies do not represent an insurmountable obstacle to faithful discipleship. With even a small faith I can achieve great things for God and the gospel.
Thanks to the talented musicians at Seeds Family Worship this verse is a regular refrain in our home and (especially!) our family car. My wife and I are keen for our daughters to know that even though they are small (both in size and age) their faith in Christ can shape the world in dramatic ways. We do not have to wait for our faith to increase to a mountainous size before we can begin to act for God. Small faith is powerful faith.
The story in Matthew 17 where we find this famous saying, however, deserves some closer attention. It turns out that this encouraging word is actually a rebuke in the first instance. Jesus’s disciples here struggle to demonstrate that they possess the faith necessary to participate in Jesus’s ministry. What can we learn from their experience?
Read on…page 27 of Ruminations here…
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