27 October 2017

Hebrews 10:19-25

“Let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith … Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.” (vv. 22-23)

Psalm: Psalm 111


At the time of writing, I am in the midst of preparations for a toddler's birthday party. Invitations, cake, balloons and gifts are all in cupboards ready to be sent out. It is an apt surrounding in which to read today's passage.

These verses are ones of invitation. Imagine them quilled on thick parchment, your name glistening in petrol-blue ink, indelibly scrawled at the top. You are invited. Come. Just as you are. Come and worship. Come and join this community of misfits and try-hards. Come and shape your life around Christ and within this community. Come and share your brokenness with the one who brings wholeness. Come and worship together in ways you love and in some ways you don't - but regardless, come and join in the heavenly party.

Like all good parties, let's not do this alone. The invitation is to join a community of people, not just an individual pursuit of mindfulness or goodness. The invitation has come at a cost and does not come without its challenge. Let us meet together. Let us encourage each other. Let us spur each other towards deeper and more world-changing love.

In a world where there are so many pulls on our time and so many responsibilities we hold just to keep the 'show on the road', this passage inspires prophetic action: a desire to move towards a Jesus-centred community - rather than an individualistic pursuit so often preferred in our day-to-day culture. Grace is offered to all - corporately as well as personally. Our response, too, needs to be both corporate and personal.

To Ponder

  • Who can you encourage someone today? What will you do to celebrate them?
  • What have you been invited to recently, and what can you say 'yes' to?
  • Who can you invite to worship in the coming few weeks? 

Bible notes author

The Revd Dr Joanne Cox-Darling

Joanne Cox-Darling is a Methodist presbyter currently serving in the Wolverhampton Circuit, where most recently she participated in a harvest festival in a farmyard, surrounded by a 'small' dairy herd of nearly 200 cattle. Joanne is the chair of the Christian Enquiries Agency ( - described by the Archbishop of York as the "possibly the easiest form of evangelism you will ever do".