The Remnant Church – This Sunday Preview
“A Little Bit Can Go a Long Way” – Rev. Carlton Rutherford
One theme found throughout Hebrew Scriptures that we call the Old Testament is the theme of “a remnant.” From Genesis to the lesser prophets there are references to a remnant of the people of God. One scholarly definition of “remnant” is “what is left of a community after it undergoes a catastrophe.” Currently nine of ten churches in the United States are in decline or at least not growing. Many of the congregations that are growing are what are known as “mega churches,” those with 1,000 members or more. Though there are many reasons for the changes over the past seven years at St. John’s, there’s some value to looking back to assure that we will learn from our errors, the prophetic theme of Hebrew Scriptures. God’s message is that where the people of God remain is there is always hope. Through the remnant God faithfully keeps God’s judgement, both with blessing and with judgement, leading to the restoration of justice. In Second Kings we especially understand that God’s that a part of God’s plan for restoration of the remnant is faithfulness, and that the “foreigner” (those formerly not included) are now becoming a part of the remaining tribes of Israel.