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Jan. 10, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 1:
"For the Life of the 'Good' World"
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Our new series borrows the title of a fascinating book: "For the Life of the World," subtitled "God's Mission, Our Lives." Just what is God doing in the world, and where do we as a church and as individual followers of Jesus fit into it? We look at the overall scope of Scripture in light of God's "mission" - you might be surprised.


Jan. 17, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 2:
"For the Life of the 'Wounded' World"
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God's mission for the life of the world began at Creation, the good world - and the early stories after the Great Alienation show us that His mission continues into the wounded world. But it's tricky: it's beyond "justice." The great alienation isn't something that can be educated or punished out of us. God is reaching out to people who turn away from Him, who actively destroy themselves and each other and won't acknowledge it! In each phase of our story He continues to show us that He is "good," He makes promises and keeps them, He addresses our hungers and thirsts, He gives hope for a future worth living for.


Jan. 24, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 3:
"For the Life of the 'Darkened' World"
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God's mission for the life of the world began at Creation, the good world - and the early stories after the Great Alienation show us that His mission continues into the wounded world. But it's tricky: it's beyond "justice." The great alienation isn't something that can be educated or punished out of us. God is reaching out to people who turn away from Him, who actively destroy themselves and each other and won't acknowledge it! In each phase of our story He continues to show us that He is "good," He makes promises and keeps them, He addresses our hungers and thirsts, He gives hope for a future worth living for.


Jan. 31, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 4:
"First Light"
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Today our stories show us how God meets the good, wounded, darkened world by building relationship with Abram, who, like us, didn't understand; God's faithfulness in all the strange troubles of life reveals to us what He's like; and gives us new vision to respond to the world in new ways, way out of our old comfort zone, to help make it right. That's how He cuts through the sacred-secular gap and changes us.


Feb. 7, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 5:
"Arise, Shine"
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Today we see the faith of Abraham: "God is good, and I will obey Him," and how God builds that faith into a nation of people - to bless all nations. We read a few places in the old Law where we see God's mission at work to bring wisdom, peace and order to a people who didn't know it - how "trusting that God is good" and "obeying Him" "reverses" the ancient sin of the man and woman in the Garden. We can learn to do that, too.


Feb. 14, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 6:
"Steadfast Love and Faithfulness"
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Today we "inhabited" Psalms 89 and 90 to learn about God's "steadfast love" and "faithfulness" to His covenant and His covenant people - and about how to incorporate that into our own lives. Putting our trust in God - no matter what it looks like - enables us to repent, to turn to obedience - and that helps create the environment that He can inhabit in our lives, personally and all together.


Feb. 21, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 7:
"Yes"
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Today we looked at Jesus in light of God's mission to the good, wounded, darkened world, in light of His covenant promises throughout Scripture - it's big! In Jesus' life we can see God's good heart, His priorities, what really matters - and that's surprising! Jesus is "Yes" to everything God has planned, and we share in it by starting with His story, joining our story to His story - not by starting with ourselves first.


Feb. 28, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 8:
"As In Heaven"
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Jesus brings the next stage to God's love for the life of the world: our lives as reflections of heaven on earth! In Matthew's Gospel He teaches us wholehearted obedience - no only for ourselves, but to bring heaven to where we live: "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth." The "divine passive" ("will be comforted, filled, shown mercy") are actually God's active promise ("God will comfort, God will fill, God will show mercy"). So many "reflection" passages ("You have received freely, so give freely") transform our lives into heaven reflected on earth. This is way beyond what we can do - but easy to do for our Father who loves us.


March 7, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 9:
"Like a Net
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Jesus spoke a lot of teaching in Matthew in the context of "resistance" to God's work for the life of the world - and the big surprise was often "who resists" and "who invites Jesus to dinner." He helps us understand the Two Ways, and sharpens our vision for what we do to respond - to love as He does. Knowing that the wheat "will" be gathered, that the good fish "will" be taken, encourages us to hold on and continue to reflect heaven on earth, no matter what. We hold onto hope, because resistance now doesn't have to be resistance forever: anything can change one's direction.


March 14, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 10:
"Like a Banquet"
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Isn't it surprising: Genesis 2 reports that God's first words to humans are about the beautiful and good food He made for us! It's an invitation to a banquet hosted by God Himself in the Garden of Eden, replayed in the New Jerusalem! In this episode we look at how this invitation undergirds and shapes and supercharges our lives now, forming us into the kind of people He can trust to work in His mission to bless the creation.


March 21, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 11:
"Les deuxiems"
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Eating together, banqueting, sharing of life - it's how Jesus lived among people and how He is recognized now that He is raised from the dead. It's a "sacramental" activity that we all can do to bring God and people together, making reconciliation and healing real. It's what God did in the Garden, what we'll all do in the New Jerusalem - and the heart of our life as disciples now..


March 28, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 12:
"Welcome to the King"
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Today on this Palm Sunday we focus on what the crowd got "right": Jesus really is the coming King. Their joy and hopeful welcome in those days is the beginning of the awesome joyful welcome we get to share in, when He returns. Welcoming the King is also our present-tense joy, anticipating what He will do on The Day, and what He does among us now. The Isaiah verses reflect the good heart of God who sees and loves His people, the good King who comes to make things right. On the original Palm Sunday the crowd got a lot of things wrong, but they were "right" about this! Let's join them in welcome!


April 4, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 13:
"The Old Has Gone; The New Has Come"
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Today we focus our experience together on the death and resurrection of Jesus in the events of John 19 - 20. The way Jesus overcomes the world is by coming right down into its depths, joining us, and leading us out of it. But it's more than the cosmic victory: Jesus was crucified publicly - but He came back the same way He lived: quietly, joyful, redeeming, giving love and vast new hope to each person, one by one by one. What comes back from the dead isn't just power, but the love of Mary, the disciples, each one - right to us. It's cosmic - it's personal.


April 11, 2021 | For the Life of the World - Pt. 14:
"In The Same Way"
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Jesus rose and ascended to heaven - not to get outta here, but to do more here! Today we noticed how Luke stresses the "continuity" between Jesus and God's work all through history - and between Jesus' ministry on earth and Jesus' continuing ministry in Acts, in which we share now. Jesus "ascended into heaven" not to retire from ministry, but to take His place at the Father's side to expand His ministry through the Spirit in us! This gives us new vision and purpose for our lives, and new courage to do good works and speak good words in His name.



Jan. 3, 2021 | Prayers, Hopes, and Paths audio / (slides)

Today we looked together at readings in a few Psalms that remind us of the LORD, the One we're praying to, His faithfulness and compassion and intrusion to make things right - and we brought some requests and prayers to Him for 2021. In Christ we're connected to all the faithfulness of God all through history - so we can count on Him to welcome us into His mission in our world now - and just as the Word became flesh and "moved into the neighbourhood," God will come into our neighbourhoods, too.


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