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October 31st, 2012
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Festival 2012 (4)

October 31st, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Colossian 3:3-4

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (NIV)

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Your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

These verses are pivotal to understanding of our Christian hope. It means that everything we are today and will be is in union with Jesus Christ. God does not look upon us except as we are in Christ because he has embraced us by his grace in Christ already to begin with.

So Colossians 3:3-4 has three aspects. Our life is real (that means eternal life), it’s hidden — we don’t see it directly, we might get glimpses of it. We know about it from the gospel. It’s real, it’s hidden, and it’s yet to come. It’s a matter of hope.

What we look forward to becoming is here and now in Jesus Christ. He enjoys a perfect home life with the Father in the Spirit. It has been described as: Home is what happens when we are noticed and notice, when we are accepted and accept, cherished and cherish.”

 In Christ we participate today in God’s home life. But we look forward to a participation that is free from any hindrance to the life of the Spirit within us.

But being ‘in Christ’ is even grander than just our salvation. It means being part of a program as broad as the universe and as deep as life. Being in Christ, we are part of a new movement by his grace, a movement rolling on toward the new heaven and new earth where all things are made right and where he is all in all.

All that characterizes the old, the passé, the defeated, will be swept out; but what belongs to God will be renewed and reunited in Christ.

God does not only look upon this present of his creation, nor does he only look back to that which he did in creating it. God knows its future. God created heaven and earth through Christ or in Christ.

He has created all things with a view to Christ. He saw creation perfect through Christ; he saw it restored again through Christ; and thus at the beginning he could declare it to be finished, and he rested.

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Festival 2012 (3)

October 30th, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Ephesians 1:13-14

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.(NIV)

 On the first morning Kerry prepared a PowerPoint that had pictures from the catacombs:

 Catacomb paintings do not depict Christ personally, but the life he brings, and the joy of initiation into that life. Like the Gospels , catacomb paintings tell the good news about Christ: God still saves.

 Images of salvation echo across the domed roof and from wall to wall, alluding to the wonders God has wrought for those he has loved. Moses strikes the rock, providing refreshment for his thirsty people; Daniel is kept safe among the lions; Noah finds rest in the ark, as the dove returns; three children exult in the midst of the furnace’s flames; and, most common of all, Jonah is spewed to shore by the whale, to “rest refreshed” under the bowery shade of his gourd. Had Christ not said: “I will give you no sign except the sign of Jonah”?

 All the catacomb paintings are signs that allude to a single experience: Christ’s divine power bringing mankind from this world to the next, from sickness to health, from death to eternal life

 While such scenes sketch Christ in action, these events, like the Old Testament types, are themselves but signs of the real feast planned by God since time immemorial, and wrought by his Son: the salvation of all mankind.

 Kerry then spoke of the Sermon Rich in Hope (Arrabon). The Holy Spirit is a pledge, a guarantee what is to come. We today only know in part but we get glimpses which leave us wanting more. Kerry then shared from the scriptures 7 earnest teasers which we look forward to their fulfilment.

 Terry introduced the John Lennon song Imagine which has a concept that we are basically good and can make everything right without religion, without possessions,(although he himself owned a large number of expensive properties) without countries, without any God above the sky; a dream we can all be one.

 Christian hope is solid, real and is going to happen. Something to really anticipate. Terry showed how in Romans 8 because of the leading and working of the Holy Spirit we have hope in our sufferings.

 We are able to look forward to what God intended us to be: his children. While it signed, sealed and delivered, we are waiting for the final payment: the redemption of our bodies suitable for the eternal freedom of God’s life.

 Ken spoke on the relationship between faith and hope. Faith is now: certain of the hope that lies ahead. It is built on the sure promises of God.

 Ken shares his journey from communism built on human hope to the living hope of what God is doing. A tale of two cities.

 Helen spoke on God of Hope and Our Imagination. How do we explain the joy we have in our trials We have the gift of imaginations. An imagination guided by the Holy Spirit, to be fascinated by what God has in store for us.

 We are to actively participate today in light of our future with God. We went on a trip of imagining what God has in store from his word.

 Kerry spoke on our two natures : we can flog the dead horse of our old Adam or we can nurture the new life of the second Adam. A lot of what Kerry spoke on does serve as an introduction to this year’s festival.

 He told us to remain connected with Christ. Identify with him, in him. To be a resilient Christian is not built on the adage” Pray that everything depends on God, work as if everything depends on you” but live pray and work because everything depends on God: on what he has achieved in Christ.

 Randal spoke on how Christ is alive now, we share in his life. We are to live out our real identity in him. A new creation. Living at the centre which is union with Christ we share his role to the world.

 We are transformed by the working of the Holy Spirit into God’s new reality in Christ. This flows in to our lives in this world, challenging the values around us.

 We finished with a Praise/Worship service entitled God’s School of Hope

 School of the Scriptures

 Overview of God’s promise to Abraham –a multi ethnic family

 School of Prayer

 Breathing the Holy Spirit and crossing the threshold into a new creation.

 School of Judgement

 Understanding justice and grace in God’s Plan.

 All the beauty of the present world will be enhanced, ennobled, set free from that which at present corrupts and defaces it. Then there will appear that beauty for which the beauty we know here and now is simply an advance signpost.

 

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