We’re continuing to take some time reflecting on what being united with Christ means for us as Christians by studying Colossians 3.1-17. Last Sunday we considered what it means for Christians to be united with Jesus’ return and what happens to us at the final judgment.
One thing Scripture makes clear in its teaching on the subject: everyone faces the final judgment. We Christians, however, face that judgment without fear because of “The One Reason We Are Worthy.”
We are “Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ” and seek to live the life our new clothes describe–living with integrity— as citizens of the kingdom of God which Jesus so aptly described in the Sermon on the Mount (among other places). By living through the Holy Spirit’s transforming power, we prepare to welcome Jesus back to earth.
In all these things, Christ’s glory shines and we are caught up in the light.
Having just returned from a study trip to the Middle East, our Pastor is really inspired to keep in touch with the historical and cultural context of Scripture. So added to the bookshelf this week is a book that focuses on God’s Word, seeking to understand Jesus more fully: Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus.
This book is easy to read (it’s not meant for academics and students, but for everyone who follows after Christ). It has the potential to inspire you to explore of the biblical narrative, cultural context, and wonder what God was/is up to, and it includes a sampling of prayers that Jesus himself would have prayed, affording Christians to the opportunities to use them as well.
As we move closer to Good Friday, take some time to reflect on Jesus’ story and its shaping of your own.
Christ Community Church has been journeying through the Gospel of Mark since the beginning of the year. Each week, their Pastor has shared reflections on the text that weren’t touched upon on the sermons. Read the reflection for Mark 15, “When a story ends & Hearing a New Grace” if you want to find some new perspective.
Here are three reflections on why Holy Week and what Jesus did still matters everyday from The High Calling:
This short follow up to Sunday’s message by Pastor Chelsey from Luke 24.13-35, “The Best Kind of Heartburn,” reminds us who we are looking for and how to look for him in our modern post-Resurrection walks.
NT Wright encourages us to spend more time with Jesus by spending more time getting to know him in the Gospels.
This post is a follow up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on April 7, 2013. Because of technical issues, the sermon is not available online.
On Sunday, March 31st, our Easter message, “Dead is dead, right?” was from 1 Corinthians 15.12-26 as we reflected on the need for Jesus’ resurrection to be real as we look ahead to our future. You can listen to it on Christ Community Church’s sermon website (or in the archives).
And what does it all mean for us today? Bob Robinson offers a few good reasons that line up with 1 Corinthians 15 over at Re-integrate.org; be sure to check out the book recommendations if you want to do some more thinking on the subject.
This post is a follow up to a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on March 31, 2013.