Anyway here is the first half of 2013 sorted. The overarching theme is renewal...
I have preached through the book of Haggai before and I feel that it has so much to say to the church today. Particularly to churches in main line denominations in our western society. It is a call to renewal... renewal of priorities and in a similar economic reality that we face today... renewal of vision and courage for the future... we can so often look back to a glorified past and say those were the days... but the call of God through Haggai is to take courage and build a new future... that the best is yet to come... and central to it all is renewed relationships... the restoration of covenant relations with God.
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
leading up to Easter and beyond I am going to look at how Jesus is revealed to us through the seven "I am' sayings in John's Gospel... I've called the series 'Refracted Glory' picking up the idea of the light of the world being refracted into these seven different metaphors. What do each of these I am Sayings reveal to us about Jesus and how do they bring his light into our everyday world?
As I'm in John's gospel at Easter I will look at John's account of Jesus passion and resurrection. Then round this series off with looking at Jesus saying "I am the Resurrection and the Life".
In the past I've focused on what Paul has to say about the Holy Spirit... But I hope it will bring some freshness and newness by focusing on what Jesus has to say.
I hope you'll join me on this journey.