We are about JESUS.
Jesus Christ brings meaning to life.
Jesus Christ brings restoration to brokenness.
Jesus Christ leads the way to soul rest.
Jesus Christ reestablished us in intimacy with the Father.
Jesus Christ brings heaven to earth through each of us being indwelt with the Holy Spirit.
John the Beloved of God and the Revelator wrote in John 1:1-5, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."
It is because of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit that we live, move and have our being.
Because God is the Alpha & Omega; our Creator, Redeemer, Savior, and Friend; We praise and worship only Him.
Revelation 22:13; Isaiah 44:24; Psalm 29:22
We believe every life bears a deep need for worship. We are all looking for saving from our restlessness, our sense of shame, or lack of belonging. We look and see that this life often feels meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
A heart reoriented to the worship of Jesus finds rest, purpose, belonging,
Romans 12; Psalm 1; Psalm 139
God ordained and set apart a Holy day in the Garden of Eden, the 7th day, Sabbath. It is meant to weekly remind us
of our Creator, and be a day to commune in intimate fellowship with God.
Once sin entered the world, it became an even more treasured and deeply needed reminder of our Savior and His rescue plan. A reminder that we are not saved by anything we strive to be or do, but saved through trusting and believing in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Like a deep sigh of relief and relaxation, the Sabbath weekly comes to invite us into the rest of the Father. We acknowledging Him as our provider ~in both the spiritual and the temporal realm.
Sabbath is a delight, and meant to be a day of worship and rest. Sabbath is also to be a way of life, to daily place our lives in Jesus hands, trusting Him for our every need, and for His restoration light to flow into our hearts, souls, and minds.
Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-14, Psalm 92; Isaiah 66:22-23; Mark 2:23-28, 3:1-5
Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness can not over come it. So we worship and
shout our praises to God most high, in holy adoration.
2 Samuel 6:21-22; 1 Chronicles 16:34; Ezra 3:11; Psalm 23:6, 27:13, 145:5-7, 9; John 3:16; Revelation 5
Each one of us carries the fingerprints of God. Genesis makes it clear that we were created in the image of God, created as God's beloved children.
Our identity as Children of God was established in the Garden of Eden.
Sin came into the world through mankind's choice to distrust the goodness of God, trusting in the lies of the serpent in that garden.
The enemy lies to us about our identity.
But God's GREAT LOVE for us, displayed in the Life of Jesus, thwarts the lie, showing us the lengths to which God goes to bring us back under the truth of our true identity and free us from the claims of sin and brokenness.
Paul says, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1-4
He goes on, "The Spirit you received (when you accept Christ) does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption as Children of God so by Jesus we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." Romans 8:15-16
All around us we see brokenness. We experience heart-break, loss, pain and suffering. But this is not God's plan.
In the Garden of Eden, God repeatedly declared his creation, "GOOD!"
But the consequences of sin took hold, marring and wounding God's good creation.
Genesis 1-3, Revelation 12
Thus the 1st Advent of Jesus as a babe, to ransom us from the condemnation of sin and set right the character and Heart of God towards us.
Isaiah 9, 53; Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23
Now, we expectantly look forward to Jesus' 2nd Advent; when the completion of the restoration plan of God will reach its fullness and we will once again be face to face with God, where death and dying will be no more. Every tear shall be accounted for and wiped away. The lion and the lamb will lie together, there will be no fear.
All that is broken will be healed.
Jesus is our Hope.
God is our Hope.
The Holy Spirit is our Hope.
Keeping these promises of hope and restoration close to our hearts, we are not overcome by the sorrows of this world. We press on and overcome by remembering what God has done for us, is doing still, and will bring to completion.
Luke 13:29; Isaiah 51:11, 60:5, 17-20, 65:17-19; Revelation 3:11-13, 21:1-5, 10
In the words of N.T Wright,
"I believe that each generation has to wrestle afresh with the question of Jesus, not least its biblical roots, if it is to be the Church at all. We should discover more and more of who Jesus was and is precisely in order to be equipped to engage with the world that he came to save. And this is the task of the whole Church."
IN PRAISE OF JESUS CHRIST
15 He is the image of God, the invisible one, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For in him all things were created, in the heavens and here on the earth.
Things we can see and things we cannot, – thrones and lordships and rulers and powers –
all things were created both through him and for him.
17 And he is ahead, prior to all else and in him all things hold together;
18 and he himself is supreme, the head over the body, the church.
He is the start of it all, firstborn from realms of the dead; so in all things he might be the chief.
19 For in him all the Fullness was glad to dwell 20 and through him to reconcile all to himself, making peace through the blood of his cross,
through him – yes, things on the earth, and also the things in the heavens.
Colossians 1:15-20 (NTE)
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