Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 8th Message Title: God In Us (Deity Decentralized)

1 Corinthians 2:6-8; Colossians 1:26-28; Colossians 2:2; Ephesians 3:4 (NIV)
Incarnation was meant to demystify our Sovereign God/Deity/Sovereign

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own (1 Corinthians 6.19)

Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it’s an initiation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. (Colossians 2.11-15 MSG)
  • Collectively we hold the anointing of God. (How did this come into being?)

  • What was inaugurated with Christ is continues in us~ God’s Spirit indwells human beings as a result of God indwelling Christ...Human being.

  • We are the Temple of the Holy Ghost

Aim: Help believers understand that the incarnation■ of God in Christ was meant to revolutionize relationships and society through God’s collective power in a collective us. Unity is the ticket to God’s power.

Theological Implications (What we summarize re: the attributes of God)

Church doesn’t fully understand the incarnation

  1. We see the humility of God
  2. We see the love of God
  3. We see the God’s most amazing pursuit of His Creation
  4. We SEE So much because we were blind to God’s goodness before God’s Incarnation and the epiphany of His Glory.

Further Theological Implications:

  • The reign of God was instigated by God in Eden

  • The reign of God was initiated by God in the Advent

  • The reign of God was inaugurated by God at the Epiphany■

  • The reign of God was intensified by Christ’s death

  • The reign of God was increased■ by God’s Spirit in the People of God

Summary: Believers aren’t really waiting for God to return. God is waiting for believers to arrive.

Next Steps:

  • Commit yourself to meeting with 1-2 others and reading through the biblical accounts of Christ’s birth. (Matthew 1-3 & Luke 1 & 2)
  • Ask God for the fullness of Christ to overtake you in a world-changing manner.
  • Commit to growing in the knowledge of your position in Christ.

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