September 25, 2011: Words with Friends: Part 5

Scripture

John 12:32 (NRSV)
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.
Ephesians 1:7-10 (NRSV)
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us ... he has made known to us ... to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Colossians 1:15-20
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers - all things have been created through him and for him ... in him all things hold together ... For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Outline

  • The need for mending ...
  • The Dream of God/The Kingdom of God
  • SALVATION
    • salus = health/healing
    • sozo = Greek for healing or salvation
    • ya sha = Hebrew for "save" 
    • shalom - the healing of all of creation
  • Jesus/Yeshua - "God saves"
  • Zacchaeus ("Salvation has come to this house today")
  • Fear attempted to kill God's dream ...
  • Atonement = "At one with" ("Oh Death, where is your victory?")
  • Me versus All ("No ... I like to share him …")
  • And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.  (John 12:32)
  • In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us ... he has made known to us ... to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:7-10)
  • He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers - all things have been created through him and for him ... in him all things hold together ... For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)
  • God is Relentless
  • Saved From or Saved For ...? 
  • "By the grace of God, I am being mended, and God has called me to be a mender, too. Since many threads are stronger than one, God has put me on a sewing team. Day by day, our job is to hunt the places where the world is ripped and bend over the damage to do what we can. Every good deed, every kind word, every act of justice and compassion tugs the torn edges closer together ... We made plenty of the rips ourselves, and some of the worst ones show evidence of having been mended many times before, but that does not seem to discourage anyone. Mending is how we continue to be mended, and we would not trade the work for anything." - Barbara Brown Taylor

Book mentioned: Who Will Be Saved? by William H. Willimon

Setlist (iTunes links provided)

Rise and Sing

Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down)

Psalm 23/You Are My King (Amazing Love)

Brokenness Aside

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

He Reigns

Podcast 9/25/11