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Good News euangelion


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Once upon a time there was a family.  See them huddled together in the loft with the door locked and the curtains pulled closed tight?  They are scared as they wait to hear news of the nearby army invasion.  Will they loose their home?  They know they might loose their freedom, even their lives!  They are waiting expectantly because they know how these battles go.  One of their youngsters volunteered to go out to the edges of the town and find out what is happening with the battle.  He’s going to come back with the news.  Will it be bad, or will it be good?

If we have won the battle, if we will be safe, then he’ll shout, “euangelion!”  Everyone knows this means, “good news”.  It means we’ll be healthy instead of dead.  It means we’ll be free instead of slaves.  It means we’ll be happy instead of afraid and we can look forward to a good future!

Father God sent Jesus to die on the cross to win a worldwide battle for humanity.  He rose from that death to bring us life to replace our own spiritual death   euangelion!

Jesus defeated selfishness on the cross so we can live our lives for each other and find true contentment and real purpose  euangelion!

Jesus suffered everything as a human but overcame it all as God.  One of the great things about this awesome victory is that we can enjoy wholeness where we have been sick.  We can be healthy and leave behind our mental and physical illnesses.   euangelion!

CLC Learning Together Media


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We are passionate about Jesus and committed to staying teachable.  We want to learn from Him, through His Bible, and each other.

Here’s some help, CLC style, so you can ponder and meditate with your ears open to Him, one eye on the pages of your Bible, from our learning times together:

Title/Series Contributor Recording Notes
Faith is just Trust KC audio online
Vision – Realising Revelation & Action KC audio online
Believe & Be Baptised KC audio PDF
Poured Out, a Life of Serving KC audio PDF
Tim’s Sending Sermon Tim Anderson audio
Pressing Ahead Roy Wheeler audio
Matthew 9:19/Open Bible Tom C. & CLC audio
You Can’t Be Serious Stephen C. audio
Fear or Faith Tim A. audio
Adopted by God/in Christ Simon C. audio
God’s Identity/in Christ Luke B. audio
Sexuality LGBT P2/in Christ KC audio
Blessed/in Christ Lyn audio
Eating in Spiritual KC audio
Singing is Spiritual KC audio
Meet Jesus – Servant Liz audio
Meet Jesus – My Hero KC audio  Prezi notes
Meet Jesus – Zacheus Tim audio
Meet Jesus – Trust not Worry Tim audio
Meet Jesus – Grace KC audio
Meet Jesus – Women Ashley audio
Meet Jesus – Obedience Cashmans audio
Meet Jesus – Unconditional Love audio
Coming to Him Like a Child Tom C. notes
God’s Good News about Pain KC Prezi notes
God’s Mistake Makers – perfectionism KC audio  Prezi  notes
God’s Mistake Makers – Paul Fiona G. audio notes
God’s Mistake Makers – Abraham Andrew audio
God’s Mistake Makers – Adam Jon Harris audio
God’s Mistake Makers – Peter Cate Hall audio
God’s Mistake Makers – David Tony Hodge audio

You are invited to come and enjoy Him with us in person.

Coming to Him like a Child


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Tom shared how we can approach our Father with childlike boldness and freedom.  Listen to the audio here to get the stories and relational aspects that help communicate these truths.  See some bare notes below:

How do we view ourselves, judge ourselves–specifically in relation to God?

This video shows a very good endeavour to inspire bravery in place of fear of failure.  Tackling the unwillingness to take risks due to perfectionism.  This is aimed at girls, but maybe they are not the only ones who grow up thinking they need to be perfect:

Can you identify with holding back to avoid mistakes, thinking you musn’t get it wrong?

It’s so difficult to avoid being critical of others.  It’s all around our world.  When is the last time you heard a news report of a politician or teacher doing a great job?

Whether we are assessing our children’s behaviour or a colleague at work, how gracious are we?   What kind of judge am I and what does it say about how I judge myself?

Think of someone who is intensely curious about the world, who loves reading and drawing, seems to have boundless energy, and constantly comes up with fresh ideas.  Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, Leonardo da Vinci, who were artists as well as inventors with great curiosity.  Maybe children are even better examples.  Creativity flourishes with risks, experimentation, fearlessness.

Jesus said “you must become just like a child to enter the kingdom of God” in Matthew 18:3.

Kids are uncritical

Kids are not afraid to fail

Kids get it wrong all the time

Kids know that someone else is in charge


Let’s remember what our Father God is like. What kind of judge is He?

Slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145).

Let’s remember what Jesus is like (Matthew 9):

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.  While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

This is God’s grace for us. That He loves us like a Father loves his children. That’s why we need to become like children to enter His Kingdom, because we have to give up the pretence that we’ve got it all sorted. We have to accept that He’s in charge and loves us and accepts us because we know that’s we’re in the wrong. Not because we’ve got it right.

The inspiration for our teaching this term is a book called the Ragamuffin Gospel. It says:

“There is a myth flourishing in the church today that has caused incalculable harm: once converted, fully converted. In other words, once I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, an irreversible, sinless future beckons. Discipleship will be an untarnished success story; life will be an unbroken upward spiral toward holiness.  Tell that to poor Peter who, after three times professing his love for Jesus on the beach and after receiving the fullness of the Spirit at Pentecost, was still jealous of Paul’s apostolic success.”

Another quote from Brennan Manning’s Ragamuffin Gospel says, “Often I have been asked, ‘Brennan, how is it possible that you became an alcoholic after you got saved?’ It is possible because I got battered and bruised by loneliness and failure; because I got discouraged, uncertain, guilt-ridden, and took my eyes off Jesus. Because the Christ-encounter did not transfigure me into an angel. Because justification by grace through faith means I have been set in right relationship with God, not made the equivalent of a patient etherized on a table.”

The challenge for us today, whether we’re being asked to judge someone else’s work, behaviour, or just ourselves, is to remember that we are broken, fragile people who need God’s grace. That God is God and I am not. That there is nothing we can do to make us deserve God’s love and acceptance. That we are His children. And he calls us to come to Him,

Without judging ourselves.  Unafraid.  Without cynicism.  Admitting that we get it wrong.  Knowing that He is in charge.

Steven Curtis Chapman, “God is God”

The Kingdom of Jesus


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subtitle: The Radical Challenge of the message of Jesus

I got the book from online here and below are some notes and thoughts:

” ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ God’s Kingdom coming is when His will is getting done on earth…”  even through us, His body, His church.

One definition of the Kingdom of God is in Romans 14:

“Kingdom of God is ‘righteousness (or justice) and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”

God Builds His Kingdom, it’s not our doing like a business or club or organisation:

John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world [nor does it have its origin in this world]. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would be fighting [hard] to keep Me from being handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this world.”

Here’s a direct quote from the book about God’s sovereignty and our free will, and the interplay of those as in Romans 8:28:

“However, when Paul says that God works in all things, the Greek literally says ‘God in-works’ – all things. This does not mean that God makes everything happen, but that God works in everything that happens. In other words, it is like a chess player working in the moves of his opponent in order to achieve his objective. He can use your moves to manoeuvre your knight and bishop so that your king cannot move and he gets a checkmate. He has ‘in-worked’ in all things. You put your knight and bishop there, not anyone else, but the other player made use of that and worked in it according to the counsel of his will..”

So, how God works within and around our free will can be seen as:

“…the Kingdom is God as the master chess player, manoeuvring through all the affairs and decisions of individual wills and freedoms on earth to get His will sovereignly done…”

Meet Jesus: 2015


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Have you ever thought about what Jesus is really like?

Becoming a disciple (follower and student) of Jesus is an education like no other! Not only are people challenged to question the norms of oppression, life and religion, but before us, in Jesus, is a life being lived out unlike any other seen before.It’s like light against darkness. Finally, we find someone who cares about real people, someone authentic with an incredibly astute take on how life really works. He not only teaches, but lives out a radical ethic that gives us hope and transforms lives.But who is this Man? How can we become like Him?In the Spring of 2015 we invite you to join our learning series of Sundays looking at the person and example of Jesus that is still blisteringly challenging for our lives in the 21st Century.

Whether you are exploring an introduction to Jesus for the first time or have been on the journey for a while, this series will challenge our assumptions and familiarity to a degree that will make us sit up and think about Jesus and indeed our own lives again!


His Good News about Pain


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How did you learn to respond to pain?  Do you run away from it, do you suffer through it (kicking & screaming and complaining)? I will never forget how I felt when my toddler walked out of the ball-pool play area crying in pain.  He had a bite mark on his skin!  I was so angry and felt sorry that he’d suffered this pain.  What an injustice! Unbelievable! Or was it? How does Father parent us through pain?

Pain is part of life but our Father loves us and wants to show us His Good News–through the pain that we find in our lives.

He Has Been There: Empathy with image of Jesus (lego)

our God knows what it is like to suffer, He knew pain and temptation to take the easy way out.

“He suffered, but He did not threaten anyone”  1 Peter 2
“The prophets said the Messiah must suffer these things before He begins His time of glory.”  Luke 24

“if you suffer for doing good and you are patient, this pleases God. This is what you were chosen to do. Christ gave you an example to follow. He suffered for you. So you should do the same as He did.”

“My God, my God, why have You left me alone?” Psalm 22:1 (with cross background)

Comfort, He wants to help  (image of Calvin & Hobbes hugging) 

“refuge, always there” Psalm 46:1

“a safe hiding place, a granite safe house” Joel 3:16

(story of letting God “in” and finding comfort regarding temptation).  

Often our selfishness is hidden from us, but once in a while we get glimpses in it.  I saw mine and felt sorry for myself.  It seemed like something that I’d be fighting with forever.  I felt discouraged and wondered how God would respond if I came to Him with my mess and my pain.   The way my pain came out of me was in the words, “it’s not fair!”  I imagined Him wagging His finger at me from his place of righteousness and purity, rightfully putting me in my place for feeling sorry for myself.  But I decided to go to God right then and talk to Him right there–just where I was at.   Jesus responded exactly the opposite as how I expected.  He sad, “I know” because He did know every temptation (though He never acted selfishly).  I was overcome with a great feeling of peace and encouragement by His response to me letting Him in to my pain.  He showed me something fantastic about Himself that I will remember for a very long time.

Life, Pain is normal (image of grapes and stem (like vine)

“a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

Story of misguided member of God’s family praying against pain of loss of a family member who died.  Although he meant well, when this brother in Christ prayed for healing in this regard I knew it wasn’t that see needed enough faith or to “just believe” and be miraculously instantly healed.  God heals us of the loss of a close family member through time.

Impact, Pain is worthwhile (garden shears image)

He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more perspective

Story of Lucy being in pain of Dan moving away.  She had to go against what felt natural to allow help into her pain. It was her decision to let someone in and she benefited from relief from some of the pain.  She could have carried it longer on her own, but being connected is how Father has designed us to get relief from our pain.

God created us for more than just an easy life.  He is strong and mature enough to allow us to experience some pain cause He’s more interested in us realising our potential than escaping pain.  He wants us to mature and grow more than He wants us to be pain free.  He wants us to realise our purpose in life, even if that means some scratches and bruises and bumps!

Perspective, Pain won’t last

“Weeping may go on all night, but in the morning there is joy” Psalm 30

“your weeping shall suddenly be turned to wonderful joy” (it will pass)

“When you see me again. It will be the same joy as that of a woman in labour when her child is born—her anguish gives place to rapturous joy and the pain is forgotten. You have sorrow now, but I will see you again and then you will rejoice; and
no one can rob you of that joy.” John 16

There’s a biblical pattern that trials and troubles and pain comes with life, but they pass.  These three verses above are just a few examples of this, which can be found all through the Bible.  Take heart that your pain is temporary and that God’s goodness is permanent.  He wants to comfort you and help you to see that.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain.  All the old ways are gone.” -Revelation

So, there’s a part of us that cries out, “It’s not fair” about pain.  And we’re right.  It’s not the best and it’s not the paradise that God intended for us.  But the effects of sin and the fall will be reversed when Jesus returns and as Jesus says in Revelation, there will be no more pain!

Conclusion:  He knows your pain, He wants to help, pain is normal, pain is worth it, pain won’t last.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

God’s Mistake Makers Intro


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We might become focused on perfection rather than our relationship with God.  Or worse, we might let our mistakes distract us form Him and His perfection.  Let’s look at some major mistake makers in the Bible and what we can learn about the God who made them and us.   Here’s some notes that accompany the teaching:

Paul (Saul)

mistake: zealous enemy of church

Saul was an enemy of Jesus’ church.  He worked har d to get Christians arrested.  “Lord … I arrested and beat people who had faith in you.   Stephen was killed because he spoke for you, and I stood there and cheered them on.   I even guarded the clothes of the men who murdered him”  Acts 22:19

What does our Father do with an enemy like this? Road to Damascus!   He redeemed Saul by Jesus death on the Cross!  1 Tim 1:12-15

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord for the power and strength He has given me. He trusted me and gave me His work to do.  Before He chose me, I talked bad about Christ. I made His followers suffer. I hurt them every way I could…  Then our Lord gave me much of His loving-favor and faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.  What I say is true and all the world should receive it. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners from their sin and I am the worst sinner”  1 Tim 1:12-15

Paul strived and pursued God with an impressive focus and simple priority because he really knew what it meant to make mistakes and be forgiven!

“All I want is to know Christ & the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, so that somehow I also may be raised to life” Phil 3:10-11



When she’s introduced in the Bible, she doesn’t know God, but she knows about Him:
“…the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”

Joshua 2:11

Two possibilities, the first is generally agreed by most scholars

First: a madam of the ancient equivalent of a “truckstop whorehouse”?

KJ21, TLB, JUB “harlot”
KJV, NKJ, AKJ, “prostitute”

What could the word harlot mean?

ignoring mid eastern customs for women like:

wearing veils over their faces in public
not talking to male strangers
not handling meat offered to idols

Or, another possibility: Harlot might have meant something else

would Joshua’s spies stay in a brothel?

Because all liquor stores, pigs, lepers and brothels were kept outside the city gates

Maybe she was an inkeeper. Ssee appreciating oriental insights in the Bible, compiled by Rev. Christopher C. Geer, quoting Bishop K.C. Pillai.

Regardless of her mistake, whether it was breaking cultural customs, or prostitution, Rahab was Honored as example of Faith.  Like us, her identity is in Christ, and His redemption, not any mistakes she made!

Rahab was listed in the Bible in an important place of honour with great patriarchs

She was an example of Action expressing Faith
She was even the Great Great Grandmother of King David!

Exodus 33:15, Exodus 2:11-12, Exodus 3-4, Exodus 33:11, Hebrews 11:31, James 2:25, Matthew 1:5



mistake: killer! Exodus 2:11-12

called patiently, gently by God:  Exodus 3-4
He talked face to face with god (like friends!) Exodus 33:11
lesson for us: “If you yourself don’t go with us, then don’t send us” Exodus 33:15



wanted what wasn’t his

I didn’t like Jacob.  Until I realised that he’s not so different with me.  He was just another mistake maker.  Why does Jacob have special mention in how God is referred to?  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

“The God of Abraham (covenant), Icaac (the personification of the promise of covenant) and Jacob.”

a statute (Hebrew chok) refers to a law given without any reason or justification
“The covenant which He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute to Israel for an everlasting covenant” Psalm 105:9-10

Maybe God’s decision to use Jacob alongside Abraham and Isaac is like a statute, a decision with no explanation given.

“The God of Jacob is our refuge” Paslm 46:7



Our identity as Fathers’ beloved children gives us:

1.  secure foundation
2.  springboard to take risks

John Bishop excerpt (example of willing to take a chance, not afraid of failing as he gets up in front of strangers to do stand-up comedy for the first time.

A better goal than perfection is maturity

Maturity involves: time, mistakes, taking chances
risk = faith = trust

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.  Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known”  1 Cor 13

but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.


His Perfection does not disappoint

Lord’s “works are perfect” ..a faithful God who does no wrong Deut 32:4, Hebrews 2:10 2 Sam 22:31, Psalm 18:30 Job 37:16

telioo, Psalm 19:7 2 Cor 12:9


“it is finished”
the perfect tense of a verb that means to do something perfectly.

It is perfectly perfect or it is completely complete …just one word… (greek)

completeness, perfection, aesthetic sense of beauty

wholeness, soundness, integrity (often ethical significance)

Perfection is a bad aim.  Maturity is better.  Jesus Himself is the best goal of all.


Faithful Father and Imperfect Son:

“But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion”  Luke 15

ran, put arms around him, kissed him

God did this before he could hear the excuses, the apology, the remorse or repentance.  Think about it–the dad in this story didn’t know his  son had changed.  He might have been coming back to ask for more money, for protection from those who were collecting on his debts.   If there was a card game and one hand was our sin, one was our repentance, and a third hand at the poker table was FAthers’ love, that third hand wins every time.  Father accepts us with our imperfections.


Who are God’s  Mistake Makers you can show are welcome in His family?

Connected Living: Near


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Psalm 73:28 “But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge”

A refuge is a safe place.  God is our safe place who goes with us on our adventures.  Like a tent we take on our back in our trusty backpack.

Tim showed us some things about God that go with us wherever life takes us.  Let’s look in that ruck sack and see what He is for us to enjoy:

  • tent and sleeping bag 

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in darkness.  He’s our rest and our safety and security.  He revives us like a peaceful sleep and an invigorating rest.

  • food (energy)

Jesus said, “take this, my body, and eat it..”  “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger”

  • water

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”

See that the food and the water are promises that we need to act on.  We have to come to Him for his nourishment.   He invites us to come to Him for refreshing thirst quenching drinks as well.  It was great to see the kids smiling and enjoying our time together.  Playing is a great way to learn together!

Paul – God’s Mistake Maker


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Father wants so much more than to “just” give you personal salvation!

What patch of land were you created to redeem?

Are you ready to imagine, embrace, participate, cooperate?

Listen to the audio on  

With what lens can we look at Paul?

History – What is the context and background?

Exegesis – how we interpret the individual texts.

Theology – what is the picture of God?

Application – What might God be inviting us to?

Us – our lens is also positively our own life

“That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he condemned them to prison.”

… immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying ‘He is the Son of God.’ All who heard him were amazed. ‘Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked his name?’ Saul became increasingly powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus.

The BOOK OF ACTS tells us about Paul’s integral role in the early church.

He wrote the letters to the ROMANS, CORINTHIANS 1 & 2 GALATIONS, PHILLIPIANS



‘He is the IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created Paul invites his hearers to trust both in Jesus Christ and in the FATHER whose love triumphed in the death of his son – and in the HOLY SPIRIT who makes that victory operative in our moral lives and who enables us to love God in return.’ (Check out Romans 5.5; 8.28)

4 Points from Paul’s Life: Theology [T] & Application [A]

Theology: A radical encounter with Jesus is what gives Paul faith that Jesus is the Saviour of the world. Hi theology is Christo-centric.

Application: What do you think of Jesus? Have you ever imagined interacting with him? What do you think of that?

But if he now believes that Jesus is God, why doesn’t Paul spend his entire life feeling bad for killing Jesus’ friends?

What then? Are we any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, as it is written: There is no one who is righteous, not even one; there is no one who has understanding; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned aside, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, there is not even one. Their throats are opened graves; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of vipers is under their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.  Romans 3.9-18

But now, irrespective of the law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested to by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.      Romans 3.21-25

Theology: Paul believes that humans are all sinful. The Jews were unable to remain faithful to the covenant that God made with Abraham; but God remained faithful. We are guilty, but because of Jesus, God the judge finds in our favour – we are given a ‘not guilty’ verdict.

Application: What do you think of the idea that you are sinful? And that through Jesus, you have been found ‘not guilty’? And what about the idea that God is utterly faithful and on our side?


And we must guard against a ‘you can’t do anything and you mustn’t try’ logic. (which is very postmodern


Paul provides us with spectacular reading of CREATION THEOLOGY:

‘For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of We are pointed back to Genesis 1, where humanity was invited to take responsibility for God’s good earth:

‘So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’

We are pointed back to Genesis 15, reminded of the COVENANT that God has made with Abraham and his descendants, in which they were called to be a Holy Nation, reflecting the image of the invisible God.

We reminded that humanity has failed to be the image of God, but instead: ‘Claiming to be wise, they became fools; and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.’

‘He is the IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, the FIRST BORN OF ALL CREATION; for in him all things were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him.’

Theology; For Paul, Jesus is the point at which creation and covenant come together – he is the ‘image of God’ that humanity has failed be. Through Jesus, God the judge finds in our favour AND we are restored to our true inheritance as stewards of the earth. We are called to be part of the renewal of the earth – to participate.Application: How do you feel about the idea that you are being asked to participate in, to share responsibility for,God’s renewal of the earth, inaugurated by Jesus?But how do PARTICIPATE IN RENEWAL when we are sinful? Weren’t we the problem in the first place? (Maybe we can’t do anything and we shouldn’t try?)

But how do PARTICIPATE IN RENEWAL when we are sinful? Weren’t we the problem in the first place?

(Maybe we can’t do anything and we shouldn’t try?)


Paul provides us with a spectacular articulation of the work of Holy Spirit in our lives:

‘There is now therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by flesh, could not do…’

Do NOT BE CONFORMED to this world, but BE TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING OF YOUR MINDS, do that you may discern what the will of God is – what is GOOD and ACCEPTABLE and PERFECT.  Romans 12:1-2

Theology: Paul believes that humans are able to be transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit. He lives in us, enabling us to be guided by him.

Application: Do you feel like you’ve had experience of cooperating with the Holy Spirit? What might that look like for you?


1. Jesus is at the centre. Paul’s life turned around when he encountered Jesus and his faith is posited on Jesus’ identity.

2. God has found in our favour. In Jesus, we are forgiven for our most terrible deeds (and thoughts!)

3. We are called to take responsibility for the earth. Through Jesus, we are restored to our inheritance: to be stewards of the earth. We have a role to play in renewal!

4. Our participation is enabled by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are not trapped by our sin. We can actually grow the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


1. To IMAGINE Jesus with us?

2. To EMBRACE the ‘not guilty’ verdict?

3. To PARTICIPATE in the renewal of the earth?

4. To COOPERATE with the work of the Holy Spirit?