A couple of weeks ago we completed our five-part series on God's salvation - so where next? Last night, we met to look at the Ascension of Jesus, and the Kingdom of God.
We rarely hear sermons on the Ascension, and many modern Christians struggle to relate to the image of Jesus being lifted up into heaven. We established last night, however, that the Ascension was just as much a part of God's redemptive purposes as (say) the Resurrection - it displayed the great 'reach' of God's salvation (there is flesh in heaven!), and, far from being Jesus' 'superman' moment, it was instead his great Prophet/Priest-King moment. He ascends as the better Elijah, to be crowned as the better David, to intercede as the better High Priest.
Well, if the ascension marked Christ's ascension to the throne as rightful King, then that begs the question - what ought we to make of the Kingdom of God? Evangelicals in particular have sometimes struggled to reach a consensus here. We saw how there are as many views on the Kingdom as there are voices speaking about it! There's a need for a crisp, clear understanding of the Kingdom, one that closely follows Scripture. By God's grace, I think we succeeded in arriving at exactly that.
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On Sunday night we met for Part Two in our Ecclesiology series, examining our theology of the Church. Having established last time that the Church is God's precious possession (his Beloved, True Israel, Invisible and Visible) - we moved on to look at some other distinctives.
The Church is a New Humanity in Christ - born again under our second Adam, we're each priests, held responsible for our own special calling. The Church is a New Society under Christ - not just a recreation of what it means to be human, but what it means to be humans together. We are a Kingdom City on a hill, with authority and splendour. The Church is Working for a Renewed World with Christ - for all of creation belongs to her, and God's design is to make us priests and rulers.
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