Sunday Morning Teaching
Have you stopped to consider how you relate to God? What are the assumptions and beliefs that govern the way you view and act towards God? Maybe you don't relate to God at all or relate via a list of “do’s and don’ts” or “should’s and shouldn’t’s”. We may just be carrying around weights of internal expectations on that relationship that God views as outdated, unnecessary and obsolete. Jesus unleashed something radical and revolutionary - He didn’t come to extend the old or update the existing version to Religion 2.0 . Many of us may have grown accustomed and comfortable with blending the old with the NEW that Jesus brought. He said when you do that - everything gets ruined (Matthew 9:17) Jesus was all about new but not simply the kind of new that's really just the old with a shiny "improved" label on it. His new was revolutionary. His new was a radical replacement for how people would relate to God and He didn't just bring it - He unleashed it - establishing a new movement, a new agreement and a new command in the world - for the world. So what does Jesus' "new" mean for you?
Sunday January 20th: Re:New>
I remember seeing Guardians of the Galaxy. If you’ve seen it - do you remember at the end when Peter Quill opens the present his mom gave to him? At that moment a young kid sitting in our row asked his dad what "that thing" was in the box - it was a cassette tape and wow, in that moment did I ever feel really old! I actually had a Walkman at one point - at the time when it was the pinnacle of portable music technology. Now it and CD’s (and eventually MP3 players) are outdated and obsolete. But each of these technologies played an important role in getting us to where we are today. Same thing with God’s covenant with ancient Israel. It was temporary until God fulfilled His promise to Abraham in Jesus and now it is obsolete and outdated because something better came along. This Sunday we’re going to worship together as family and consider the New People and New Agreement that Jesus came to unleash and ask ourselves if we’re still relating to God in outdated and obsolete ways? Looking forward to reNEWing life together!
When we gather as church there's always a warm welcome, good coffee and plenty of time to hang around connecting with each other. We share in each other's joys, pray with each other in times of hurt and pain, and encourage each other as a people who are living out the love of God!
Hope to meet you too!
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