Here is a powerful thought from Michael Goheen.* I broke it into smaller paragraphs for easier reading.
Jesus announces the coming of the kingdom of God. The kingdom can be characterized as the inbreaking of God’s dynamic power to defeat all that stands against his rule, and as the arrival of the comprehensive salvation of the world.
The announcement calls for a response of radical allegiance.
For those who respond in faith and repentance, the good news promises the gift of renewal: a restored relationship with the Father, forgiveness, the Spirit, a new heart that will renew their whole lives.
As they believe and follow Jesus, the promise is that they will participate in the renewal of the whole creation.
Living Word is one of those “outposts” where the Kingdom of God is breaking into the world with love, grace, truth, and power.
God is renewing us and there is more renewal to come.
This July, the Sunday messages will focus on the theme of renewal. We will dive into different times of renewal in the Old Testament and discover the lessons to be gained on renewing our lives, our church, and our communities.
For the church to be the missional church we are called to be, we must be a church renewed. For the church to be renewed, the people of that church must be renewed.
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
Join me in praying: “Lord God Almighty, renew us by the power of your Spirit, according to the truth of your Word, in the image of your Son Jesus, and for your eternal Glory. Amen.”
* The quote is from his book Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History, and Issues.