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Sermon Series: Living Out the Resurrection
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Ephesians 4:7-16, NRSV

Reflections

Our imitation of God in this life … must be an imitation of God incarnate: our model is the Jesus, not only of Calvary, but of the workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions. For this, so strangely unlike anything we can attribute to the Divine life in itself, apparently not only like, but is, the Divine life operating under human conditions. — C.S. Lewis The Four Loves

  • Leaving a legacy
    • activism as a way to leave a legacy
    • things are not supposed to be the way it is supposed to be
  • to be a Christian is like to be part of global healing to restore things they are supposed to be
    • it would be a “truncated” Christian life if we stop right at believing the resurrection
  • Ascension – reminds us to go to the world
    • 3 things about ascension
      • Giver of Gifts
      • Reason of Gifts
      • Community of Gifts
    • brokenness of the world
      • because we hide from God, we hide from ourselves, then we start to hide from others, then we start to think the whole world is against us
    • one body, unity, interdependent in community
    • “truth in love”; truth alone, too hard; love alone, too soft

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