Scriptures for the Week, UPDATE

Reflection

You will find the texts for this Sunday, and every Sunday, in the right sidebar. Here is a clip from Pastor Todd's weekly email regarding our texts for this week. This week is considered Transfiguration Sunday in the Christian Seasons Calendar. It precedes the Season of Lent. 

See you Sunday.

Our texts this week could be summed up in the word "reflection." Moses reflects the glory of God in his face. Jesus is "transfigured" before the eyes of Peter, James, and John. The Apostle Paul reminds us of Moses and suggests Jesus lifts the veil that keeps us from seeing the glory of God. Our experience with the goodness of God, his glory, alters us. Paul uses the phrase, "are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another."

 
The work of the Spirit in our lives takes us from one degree of glory to another. The implications for what Paul writes is profound. It helps us see both others better and be more self-aware of what changes we need and face. In the first place, we must know people, human beings, are made in the image of God. Our texts from Isaiah last Sunday remind us personal and social sin make us uncomfortably aware of our need for change. To treat other people as less than created in the image of God is both a personal and social sin. Each dimension of that sin has insufferable consequences in our relationships with others.
 

And, as we increasingly become aware of the changes necessary to reflect Jesus we work by the power of the Spirit with all the energy we have to be today for the world what Jesus was in the world in his day (Col. 1:28-29). Living the Jesus way helps remove the veil for those in need of God's grace and mercy.


Pastor Todd just posted audio thoughts on this week's texts here.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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