With God On Mission: Planted @Night
The people of the ancient world believed that the creation of the Universe had occurred after a violent battle between two gods. The male god kills the female god, then tore her body apart and used half of her to create the heavens and half to create the earth. The driving engine of this story is violence, carnage, and destruction.
Not a children’s bedtime story.
The Jews on the other hand, who were in exile at the time, had a different story – a story that had lived in their bones – a story that had been passed down from generation to generation – a story that spoke of hope and redemption and even love. It spoke of a God who makes without compulsion. A God who creates without conflict. A God who is intentional and forges without confusion. A God who is willing to step outside of Heaven to walk with His people and provide for them and care for them. A God who provides meaningful purpose and mission.
Lead Pastor Stuart Starr opens up our new series, “On Mission with God”, with dynamic teaching on Genesis and Revelation, and how we can live a life that flourishes in the knowledge that we are created by a loving God – to live in relationship and harmony with each other, with seeking and right relationship with God, and in partnership with Him in caring for our beautiful planet.
The Creation account in Genesis was a brand new idea in human history – it essentially dragged humanity forward, inviting them into a world that is beautiful and purposeful and fragile. The Creation account ultimately asks if we live our lives in the understanding that the Universe is created out of ambiguity, confusion and conflict – or if we seek to live our lives in the understanding that this world is created out of love.
Join with the NewLife@Night service, as we seek to know God more, by finding avenues to use our energies for the good of the Lord and the blessing of others, as we look towards the promise and revelation of New Life and a New World, With God On Mission in the Old Testament.
21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (ESV)
22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (ESV)
Through the series we’ll be utilising the Bible Timeline pictures to keep where we are in context. If you’d like to have a copy for yourself as a reference for the sermons or the LifeGroup studies you can download it by clicking on the link below.