Renewal 4: Renewing All Things

This week, we'll be hearing a special presentation from Strategic Planning's Working Group #5 during our services. They'll be sharing about their work in how we better love our neighbors. For some background on what they'll be sharing, click here.

The team will also be hosting a Q&A Session after the 11:15 a.m. Service in Room 101. 

For Meditation

Four weeks ago, we began this Renewal series looking at Titus 3:3-8 and saw that God desires to bring about renewal and transformation in each of us personally. The word Paul used to describe this internal regeneration was palingenesia. This text from Matthew is the other occurrence of that word in the New Testament, this time coming from the words of Jesus.

Jesus speaks about the palingenesia of all things. Referring to the time when the entire universe will be restored to God’s intended purpose and all things will be changed. This week we’ll look at the fact that the Gospel is not just an internal message that changes each of us individually, but also is a message of Good News for the entire world. We’ll explore the implications of that as God invites us to participate in his renewal of all things. 

We’ll also have a time to reflect on what we’ve learned over the past four weeks together, and have a time of response. So, please start reflecting on how you will respond to God’s invitation to join God in his work of renewal.

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Matthew 19:28-30

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.