Sunday to Monday / God's Love Has the Final Word

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!
John 3:17 CEV

Yesterday was a beautiful morning for worship followed by sharing a little love around RCHS.  The scripture for the day was John 3:14-21

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. ~ John 3:16-17 NRSV

A vaccine takes the bad stuff, kills it and then that's what cures. Jesus, is our vaccine - he takes the bad stuff, kills and then we are cured and have eternal life.  Eternal life NOW, not someday in the future. So we don't have to be scared of hiding in shame, fear and perfectionism - bring it out to the light to be people of light. Because God's love is the BIG story for us and the whole world.

For God so loves the world; The sparrows, the mountain lions, the fish and the people.
For God so loves the world; In success and failure, in sickness and health, in mediocrity and extraordinary.
For God so loves the world; Enough to become one of us, enough to suffer along with us, enough to offer new life for us.
For God so loves the world; Let us worship God! Amen.

Enjoy these photos from the day.   

Reflections and conversation starters: 

  • How do you experience love? How do you experience God’s love?
  • If Jesus on the cross is our “vaccine” for abundant life – what will you do to receive and share that love
  • How can you live into your authentic self? What might you be brave enough to do, to make connections and build real relationships? What stops you from vulnerability? (See Dr. Brene Brown's work
  • How does God loving the whole world rather than condemning the world help you to live generously
  • Looking ahead to next week: Read Isaiah 55:1-7.

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