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1 September 2019
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
(2 Cor 5:14-15)
All through the Bible we see God connecting with people - showing himself to mankind and using them to achieve his purposes on earth. God’s story as we experience it in the Bible has an incredible collage of themes - love, justice, judgment, redemption, hope, freedom… and the amazing central arc is that of reconciliation.
In his great mercy God has reconciled us to himself, restoring our relationship with him, ourselves, one another and our planet.
‘…if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ…’
(2 Cor 5:17-18)
What’s exciting to me is that God’s story isn’t finished; we’re not living after the final act. In fact, what’s super exciting is that we get to play a tiny little part in God’s massive wonderful story, the story of the almighty God who will reconcile all things to himself. Our story is part of God’s story and every believer gets to play!
‘…and [God] gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.’
(2 Cor 5:18-19)
We get to play a part in God’s reconciliation story, bridging the gap and bringing a message of reconciliation to those we come into contact with.
This coming Sunday marks a significant step in our story as a church, as we seek to partner with God in what he’s doing in Southampton and particularly on the East of the City. As we take this step it marks a fresh beginning as we commit ourselves again to be a people that meaningfully connect with those around us and share Jesus.
Having paused from Sunday gatherings on the East for 6 months those of us who have been involved in the East activities over the last 18 months are especially excited about welcoming the whole church to Woodlands Community College on Sunday 8th September. This coming Sunday is a step change as it marks the beginning of meeting monthly on a Sunday again, as we move towards meeting weekly in January. We are also very encouraged and excited about the bridges God is building into the communities on the East, and particularly Harefield.
Discipleship Day itself will be a great opportunity for everyone to be able to see where we’ll be meeting; we’ll be able to pray together as we embark on the next part of our story and commission those planning to be part of the East initiatives. Please do come along - we’ll have great teaching from Terry Virgo on grace and lots of fun activities in the afternoon!