Romans chapter 12 presents itself almost as a kind practical manifesto for living a wholehearted life. This startling passage of scripture describes a flurry of God-empowered activity. It speaks right to all the things we’ve been considering over the past weeks: love of God, love of self, love of the Church, love of neighbour, and even love of enemy. Buckle up.
Adrian Wilson looks specifically at our practices of worship. Our hearts are shaped by who/what we worship… this is both a beautiful and startling truth! So much more than simply singing songs, when we fix our attention on God, we come away changed, transformed. At the heart of the great commandment, we are called to love God with our whole selves. Come, let’s gather together and worship!
Todd Rutkowski, Vineyard Emerge Catalyst, joins us to talk about the Kingdom of God and how it intersects with daily life. A Kingdom Centric lens on life helps us understand that the “ACTIVITY OF GOD” is the center of God’s work on earth and that includes the church Gathering as well as what we find ourselves engaged with on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday too!
As we began reflecting last week, the bullseye of God’s desire for us is a statement by Jesus wherein he distills the whole thing for us by sewing together two principles: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
This week we’re going to dig deeper still into what loving God Wholeheartedly looks like.
Over the next little while, we’re going to be considering what it looks like to live a wholehearted life. Jesus, as always, is our centre. Jesus who clearly lived the most whole-hearted life that has been lived. Jesus who sometimes wrestled but never hesitated. Jesus who weighed the cost but never withheld. Jesus who stared down the scariest pathways but never flinched. Jesus who could have claimed the whole world as his own, yet gave everything for the sake of that world.
What would our lives look like if we lived into the promises and invitations of the Kingdom without reservation?
Two disciples are on the road, travelling to Emmaus in the days immediately following Jesus’ death. The resurrected Christ joins them on their way, and yet the two disciples don’t recognize him!! In fact this whole episode takes place on the very day of resurrection, though they don’t yet understand that he’s risen, only that something fishy has happened. A most incredible thing happens in the midst of their doubts and questions on the road.
There are seasons in post-resurrection life when we have a really hard time recognizing Jesus. Could it be that he is hiding in plain sight, engaging us in our questioning and uncertainty, anticipating the moment of insight and disclosure?
In this episode, we reflect on another aspect of Jesus’s Resurrection: All Things New.
Jesus promises an eventual eternal New Day, but there’s also language of “newness” throughout the scripture that we can experience in our lives now. These are echoes and tastes of the New Day we look forward to in the Resurrection of Jesus. Renewed promises. Renewed grace. Renewed wonder.
The events of Easter Weekend form the foundation of everything we believe about Jesus. His profound and baffling work on the cross and the never repeated moment of His resurrection on Easter Sunday speaks a more profound word than anything else, anywhere. Join us Good Friday at 10am sharp for a 1 hour service reflecting on the death of Jesus, and then party with us Sunday morning as we celebrate the death-defeating act of Jesus.
He is Risen Indeed!
This week we look to ‘the way of the cross’, (that great paradox embedded in our respective Christian journey), to seek a fuller understanding of our identity. What kind of life was I created for? How do I find the life I was created for? How do I know that I know I’m living the life I was created for?
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