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Week Four: Discussion Question Response

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Blue Online Worship Thelogy Course with Dan Wilt

Week Four: Christian World View

Origins :Who is God, who are human beings, and why are we here?

God is the Creator of all things in heaven and on the earth, all things temporal and eternal. God exists in eternity, and outside of eternity, for: He is the beginning, the Alpha, and He is the end, the Omega (Revelation 22:13). God exists in every dimension, both imaginable and unimaginable.

God created man, in His own image, to be His expression into his created order.
We are the image-bearers of God on the earth, reflecting God to the world, and reflecting
to Him all that He has made us to be. We reflect to him the glory and praises of His creation. Man is here not for a display of God’s ability to create, but for the purpose of reflecting back to him a true love, a complete praise for all that He is, aside from creating. The divine fellowship of man and God is the total fulfillment of being for man, as we are made complete in Him. It is a self-restored completion of Himself, as He interacts with His Creation redeemed as holy, and as He reaps the praises of His Creation.

God exists in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: the triune God. This expression is His expression to man. All three are equally involved in the Creation story, in perfect harmony.

What happened to us along the way, and what did God do?

Man was made in the image of the God, for the purpose of fellowship and expressions of worship to God. As created beings, in His image, having “the very ilk of God” within us, (Wilt, week three lecture), we naturally desire to be creative, ourselves. This propensity to be co-creators became a source of pride, thus severing the perfect and holy relationship first known in the garden with God.

Through Israel, God has been inviting reconciliation to Himself all throughout scripture.
The God story has been told and re-told throughout the history of Israel. Israel disobeyed, and judgment was imposed. Repentance was called for, and fellowship was restored. This pattern is repeated over and over through the scriptures, until the arrival of the true King, Jesus Christ. Through Christ, God provided the way for the covenant between God and man to be restored.

What is the Kingdom of God, and how is it expressed in the world/in the human
family/by the Church?

When Jesus conferred the Kingdom of God unto His disciples, He made himself the Lamb, offering his own blood as the blood of the new covenant with man. Restoring the kingdom in his blood was not at first understood, but now stands as the greatest atonement ever given us. The Kingdom of God is now, and will be, just as God was, and is and is to come. There is a spiritual element to the Kingdom, as well as a physical realm, and a future manifestation.

The Kingdom of God is expressed in the world by way of our lives, our actions, our obedience and allegiance to the true King, Jesus Christ. We are to live in His promises, reflecting His love to all, and His glory to the world. As we become this mirror to the world, He will act upon the hearts of men and draw them to Himself.

The church must serve to foster community among believers, to draw on the God stories and mark this time in history. As Salvific story tellers, (Wilt, week one lecture) we carry the imprint of God’s creation in our hearts to the rest of the world, lifting up the name of the King. We carry the flame.

Endings: where is human history going – what will be our final destiny?

Jesus’ ultimate return is our hope, and our future. God has a plan that began before time began, and that plan includes having an eternal fellowship with us through Jesus Christ. We are assured as individuals that we were thought of even before time began.
“your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16, Bible, NIV).
We are assured of His ultimate victory over sin, and of his earthly and heavenly reign.

While we live within this created order, we are also citizens of the eternal order, being provided a shared experience with Him through Jesus Christ. The destiny of man, the purpose of man, is to glorify God. It is because of His great love that He turned His heart toward us, rescued us and completed His plan for us.

With all this said, there can be no greater joy fathomed than to spend eternity with God: none other!
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co–heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:17)
In looking forward to sharing in God’s glory, we must be able to grasp our initial salvation, which is a miracle. Jesus will establish His earthly kingdom, which we are destined to take part in.

The God-story does not end there.
“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:9-13)

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July 24, 2008 - Posted by | ICEWS eb 2008

1 Comment »

  1. As I was reading your blog Romans 8:18-25 came to mind:

    “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

    I dont know how many times I’ve read this and missed the last part that says, “For in this hope we were saved.” what hope, I ask? The hope that creation will be created anew. How can we live in that hope? Just like you said, the way we live our day to day live, expressing the future Kingdom now.

    Comment by Louis | July 25, 2008 | Reply


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