Alive in the Spirit of God – (Based on the last section of the book We make the Road by Walking by Brian McLaren)
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would take the work he began and extend it across space and time, creating a global spiritual community to keep welcoming and embodying what he called the reign or kingdom of God. In this sermon series, we are asking the question: how can we participate with the Spirit in this ongoing spiritual movement? That word spiritual means a lot of things, but for us, it will mean any experience of or response to the moving of the Spirit of God in our lives and in our world.
August 11, 2019
The Spirit of Life, Chapter 50
Death is merely a doorway, a passage from one way of living in God’s presence in the present to another way of living in God’s presence—in the open space of unseized positivity we call the future.
August 18, 2019
The Spirit of Holiness, Chapter 49
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
In God’s final judgement and final restoration, God’s universe acts toward universal repentance, reconciliation, purification and universal “putting wrong things right.” Everything that can be restored will be restored. In God’s ultimate Justice, everything will not only be evaluated but be given new value.
August 25, 2019
The Spirit of Hope, Chapter 51
Revelation 19:11-16; 21:1-8
The Future is open, inviting not to just resign and adapt, but to be protagonists who invent, improvise and help create the outcome as God’s coworkers and fellow actors. God will be faithful in the future and the way of Christ—the way of love, non-violence, and compassion will triumph.
September 1, 2019
God in the End, Chapter 52
Luke 15:11-32, Romans 8:31-39
We and all of creation are held in the parental love of God. And in God is a gracious and spacious heart that welcomes all to the table. The mystery of life dares us to believe in the big love of God that is big enough to swallow death and overflow with aliveness of us all.