A restored life with God begins and continues here -- God's love for us, initiative with us, and his commitment to restore a people for himself.
A previous sermon by Pastor James from Exodus on the intensity of God’s love for us (podcast link).
We live in a world enchanted with the presence of God - his love, his beauty. We come awake to his love in the daily rhythms of everyday life, as we eat, rest, work, play, and exercise. *And*, each of these physical rhythms has a spiritual component – and spiritual analogue – in light of the Gospel of Jesus.
(The links above connect you to previous sermons on each of these rhythms.)
Jesus invites us to be purposeful in caring for the people God sends us to: our friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else. We grow in our ability to listen, bless, celebrate, story, and witness as key parts of loving well.
The reality of God is love and beauty, and we experience life through these rhythms as we become 'rooted and grounded the love of Christ,...to know the love of Christ that exceeds all knowledge, that [we] might be filled with all the fullness of God." (see Ephesians 3:14-19)
We've learned a lot from our Soma friends -- here's a 14 minute picture of what everyday life together with Jesus can be like.
Want to dig in more?
• Tim Chester, The Everyday Gospel: A Theology of Doing the Dishes (Kindle $2.99 https://amzn.to/2YhqZNx, Print $4.99 https://amzn.to/353VQOG)
• Tish Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (Kindle $4.99 https://amzn.to/3bCmpwU; Print $19.99 https://amzn.to/3eRifmZ)
• Jeff Vanderstelt, Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life (Kindle w/Video $8.00 https://amzn.to/2yJCcLQ; Print $15.39 https://amzn.to/2Kwu4B9)