Life in God’s Creation

Week 11 (19-25 Nov.) – How to Connect in Grace and Truth

Sunday – Future Hope

Scripture Reading: Revelation 22:16-21

As we began looking at life in God’s creation with “In the beginning so we look to the end of the Bible for the ending to the Study.  Christ’s purpose is to call all people to come to their life to God in God’s creation (tree of life and holy city.)  The Church as the body of Christ is to be about issuing that call also to those in the wilderness.  How are we to do it?  With not only the good news of the way, the truth and the life but with the same grace that Christ extends to us in love.  That makes us useful as the saints perfectly forgiven in Christ.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does it look like to share Christ in grace and truth?

Monday – Worship – Know Christ  

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:18-36

As we look to the stories of Peter’s confession, taking up the cross, and Christ’s transfiguration we find the starting point for us to share our hope in life in God’s creation.  It is knowing Christ which is our worship.  To know Christ is to confess our faith in Christ.  It is to know that his death and resurrection was for us.  It is to know Christ’s ability to bring new life replacing the old life which makes us shine when we share God’s Grace in action and speak the truth of Christ.  That is our true worship and knowing Christ in our lives.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Tuesday – Bible Study/Small Group/Church – Grow in Christ

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:37-47

As we look again to the first church in its purist form and their sharing the hope we can have in our life in God’s creation, we find that they were gathered together in the Spirit, focused on growing in Christ through learning God’s word, being accountable to each other, worshipping and dining together in their life in God’s creation.  This created a community that others saw and in curiosity found themselves drawn to and becoming a part of knowing and growing in Christ and their life in God’s creation.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Wednesday – Put Love into Actions – Share Christ

Scripture Reading: Acts 3:1-10

The next step in bringing hope to people living life in the wilderness is for the Church to put love into action in grace and truth.  For Peter and John, it is to reach out in grace and give the man what they had to offer – healing in the name of Jesus.  God calls us to reach out to others and offer grace in the practical way that God provides.  It is then to share the truth of Christ’s name and love that opens us to share in our lives in Christ together in God’s creation.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Thursday – Put Love into Words – Share Christ

Scripture Reading: Acts 3:11-26

Just as with Peter and John, when we put love into action in Christ then it will open us up to opportunities to share Christ by speaking with grace and truth.  This means sharing about life in Christ without being judgmental or with condemnation but with love and the desire to share with them about the possible life in God’s creation.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Friday – Using Gifts – Share Christ

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16

In this teaching from the Apostle Paul, it is about the unity of the church in sharing Christ and life in God’s creation.  We all have different gifts and opportunities to reach out to those living in the wilderness.  Through these gifts and opportunities, we are to share Christ with “all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?

Saturday – Outreach – Share Christ

Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:11-24

As we look to sharing Christ through the Apostle John’s teaching it starts with being an Abel and not Cain.  We are to be one who is focused on love and not on murder.  To reach out is to love in truth and action.  If we do not have the actions of love then people will not hear our words of love in reaching out in Christ.  If people don’t see Christ in us then they will not listen about Christ in us.  If people don’t see us living life in God’s creation then they won’t see their life in the wilderness.  If people don’t feel the love from us then they won’t listen about the love Christ has for them and the life they can have in Christ and in God’s creation.  Lord, may they see the Love in us.  Amen (So let it be).

Pastor’s Pondering:  What does this look like in life?