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 We may just be carrying around weights of internal expectations on that relationship that God views as outdated, unnecessary and obsolete.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 February 17th: Re:New>
“‘Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something...” That’s Scout from Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Miss Maudie’s explanation was that mockingbirds only make beautiful music for us to enjoy so it would therefore be a sin to kill one.
Have you ever asked the question “Is _______ a sin?” I was told that Sin offends God and figured it would be good to avoid offending God what with the whole lightning bolts and stuff. So it made sense to find out what would offend Him and steer clear of that. My relationship with God growing up could often be described as “Sin Avoidance." Maybe you identify relating to God that way - trying to avoid offending Him. Love God by obeying His commands. It’s very “vertical” in orientation.
This Sunday we continue our Re:New series looking at Jesus' introduction of a radical “horizontal” element for how New Covenant people relate to and express love for God. Spoiler alert: It’s not about avoiding sin or obeying rules - but rather about loving others. Looking forward to reNEWing life together as we gather!
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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