Reboot- System Restore
By Pastor Larry Schram
Our email program was frozen. We could open the program and enter the email address but at that point everything stopped. We couldn’t type the message or even get the mouse to respond. Attempt after attempt failed until finally we rebooted the computer and then everything suddenly worked again. What happened? The reboot restored the system.
Ask any techie about a computer problem and the first question they ask is: “Have you tried rebooting?” The simple truth is that rebooting solves many problems as it essentially clears everything and starts over. According to lifehacker.com, rebooting “dumps out the junk and starts everything over again fresh”.
Sounds like something a lot of us need, doesn’t it? Many of us long to be able to clear the junk out of our lives and start over. Clear out our closets, garage and storage areas and start over. Clear out all the stuff that we have cluttering up our heads, hearts and relationships and start over. Clear out all of the thoughts and habits that make our life of faith complex and start over. We need some type of a reboot for our lives and souls that will do for us what rebooting will do for our computers. We need something that will move us past the point of being frozen in our life and faith.
The good news is the Bible provides one.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he offers them a reboot of sorts. They needed to start over in a couple of key areas and move past the point of being stuck. They were in essence stuck at a point of system malfunction in their faith and they couldn’t get anything to work as it should. They were stuck over the issue of leadership, frozen over questions about sexuality, marriage and divorce, unresponsive regarding real worship and at an impasse over whether they should even listen to the man who started the church. So Paul gave them a reboot – a return to the original operating system - that dumped out the junk and started everything over again fresh.
It is a reboot that many of us need. The issues that brought Corinth to an impasse are once again prominent in our world and faith assemblies. Many Churches and individuals are as stuck as a frozen computer program. Complex and controversial issues have left many of us unable to process and respond. We need a reboot and the study of 1 Corinthians will provide one. Therefore we are going to work our way through the entire book for as long as it takes. Passage by passage and issue by issue, we will wrestle with some of the most controversial questions of our day. In the process, we pray that many lives and souls will be rebooted once again as junk is dumped out and our faith system is refreshed. Do you need a reboot? Then join us each week starting September 20th.