*A repost from Eric Allaby
Easter celebrates the start of the new creation!
Anglican Bishop N. T. Wright has written extensively on Jesus, the early believers and their church and especially about the amazing resurrection of Jesus, something no one was expecting, and an event that started a movement that set out to change the world. In his book “Simply Jesus” on page 191:
“When Jesus rose from the dead on Easter morning, he rose as the beginning of the new world that Israel’s God had always intended to make. That is the first and most important thing to know about Easter.”
“This is the real beginning of the kingdom. Jesus’ risen person – body, mind, heart and soul – is the prototype of the new creation. We have already seen him as the Temple in person, as the jubilee in person. Now we see him as the new creation in person.”
In his book “Surprised by Hope”, Wright has a whole chapter: “Reshaping the Church for Mission: Living the Future”. He tries to get us excited about Easter:
“Easter is about the wild delight of God’s creative power . . . It’s about the real Jesus coming out of the real tomb and getting God’s real new creation under way . . . This is our greatest festival . . . This is our greatest day.”
He goes on to say that we each have a role to play in advancing this kingdom in this very real world of space, time and matter, we should not simply give up on this world. “We must, rather, claim it for the kingdom of God, for the lordship of Jesus, and in the power of the Spirit, so that we can go out and work for that kingdom, announce that lordship and effect change through that power.”
Wright points out that if we are to be the agents of change for God’s kingdom, we must accept “that the whole world is now God’s holy land, we must not rest as long as that land is spoiled and defaced. This is not extra to the church’s mission. It is central.”
Working for this kingdom is a huge responsibility, and he adds “when the church is living out the kingdom of God, the word of God will spread powerfully and do its own work.”
He ends the book with one of his Easter sermons, in which he says, “When the final resurrection occurs, as the centerpiece of God’s new creation, we will discover that everything done in the present world in the power of Jesus’ own resurrection will be celebrated and included, appropriately transformed.”
Lots to get excited about, lots to do to work toward the fulfillment of this new creation!
— Eric A.
The Sermon Synopsis from Sunday, April 1, 2018
I publish a synopsis of Sunday’s message on the Tuesday following. This is for people who may have missed church and are interested in what we discussed or for anyone who wants to know what kind of things we chat about in our Sunday Gatherings. We realize we are not a church that appeals to the more traditional person. Our prayer is that we can offer a spiritual home for those who are not traditionally churched, or religiously regimented. – KI
I publish the sermon notes weekly on Bible.com. If you have the app, YouVersion, you can find these on Sunday mornings under Community Life Church … you may have to add “Grand Manan” unless you live on the island. The notes are accessible from 9:00am until 2:00pm and then they are removed. Users have the option to “Save Event“. If you do this, the notes will stay under “Saved Events” on your app in case you want to look back at them in the future. Please feel free to share as you may wish. – Karl
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