Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief

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Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief 6. Adore, Actually (I search for the restoration of the dead) Sunday, March 1, 2009 10 to 10:50 am, in the Parlor Presenter: David Monyak

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Primary Reference Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief , Rowan Williams, Westminister John Knox Press, Louisville, London, 2007

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Primary Reference Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief , Rowan Williams, Westminister John Knox Press, Louisville, London, 2007

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The Most Revd. Rowan Williams is the 104 th Archbishop of Canterbury. He was enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on 27th February 2003

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Born 1950 Studied religious philosophy at Cambridge DPhil at Oxford 1975 Priest 1978 1977 to 1992: showed philosophy at Cambridge and Oxford 1986: Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at the University of Oxford 1991: Bishop of Monmouth in Anglican Church of Wales 1999: Archbishop of Wales Dec 2002: affirmed as the 104th diocesan of the See of Canterbury Considered by numerous the best Protestant scholar on the planet today Also a prominent writer and interpreter of Welsh verse

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Tokens of Trust An Introduction to Christian Belief Jan 25. Who Can We Trust? (I have faith in God the Father all-powerful) Feb 1: The Risk of Love (producer of paradise and earth) Feb 8: A Man for All Seasons (and in Jesus Christ his lone Son our Lord) Feb 15: The Peace Dividend (He endured and was covered, and the third day he climbed once more) Feb 22: God in Company (And I have confidence in one catholic and missional Church) Mar 1: Love, Actually (I search for the restoration of the dead)

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O God our King, by the revival of your Son Jesus Christ on the main day of the week, you vanquished sin, put passing to flight, and gave us the trust of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this triumph; excuse our wrongdoings, exile our feelings of trepidation, make us intense to adulate you and to do your will; and steel us to sit tight for the culmination of your kingdom on the last awesome Day; through a similar Jesus Christ our Lord. On Sunday, Book of Common Prayer , p. 835

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This Week: 6. Adore, Actually (I search for the revival of the dead)

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Citizens of Heaven

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Citizens of Heaven The Church is Where Jesus is Visible Our citizenship is in paradise. (Philippians 3:20 NIV) The Church is the place Jesus is obviously dynamic on the planet: It demonstrates the substance of Jesus to the world; Its own particular inner life exemplifies the life of Jesus.

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Citizens of Heaven The Church is Where the Trinity is Visible The Church is the place the activity of the Holy Trinity is noticeable – for: as God's received kids: sanctified through water, "submerged" in Jesus' life; having vanished under the surface of Christ's affection and returned as various individual; welcomed to eat with Jesus, and implore the Father with him, strikingly tending to the Father as "Our Father," as "Abba," We remain in the midst of the three-crease cadence of adoration: Father, Son, Spirit, inside God's life: cherish overflowing, returning, sharing; a gifting, reacting, restored flooding of giving

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Citizens of Heaven The Church is Where the Trinity is Visible This three-overlay mood of adoration: Father, Son, Spirit, inside God's life: adore overflowing, returning, sharing; a gifting, reacting, reestablished flooding of giving, Are: the "waves" that surge around us as we attempt to live as Jesus' educates, the beat that maintains the universe. We ought to consider life in the congregation as: less like joining to a general public, and more as swimming in a mind-boggling current of awesome adoring action.

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Citizens of Heaven Relationships Among the People of God The blessing we have been given as God's embraced kids, in which: we have been taken up into the heart of Jesus' devoted connection to the Father, we remain inside the three-overlay beat of adoration: Father, Son, Spirit, inside God's life, should advise and change how we work out our connections inside the Church and with whatever is left of creation.

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Citizens of Heaven A Vision of Heaven To put it strikingly, when the Church is really the Church = when its life indicates: that triple mood of affection, Father, Son, Spirit = that joined bunch of activity and love inside which Jesus stands = the triple life that is God Then what we see is a look at paradise. The Church's "underlying foundations" are in paradise; its genuine personality and home is in paradise. Thus, St. Paul lets us know Christians have their "citizenship" in paradise (Philippians 3.20).

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Citizens of Heaven A Vision of Heaven is what is exposed: when the Church is really the Church = when the Church is most obviously dedicated to the work of changing creation

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The Resurrection of the Body

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Resurrection of the Body From Church to Resurrection That the Church, when it is genuinely Church, exposes a dream of paradise, might be the reason in the Creeds we move from: Expressing our faith in the congregation, to Expressing our confidence in the revival of the body and life everlasting

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Resurrection of the Body Resurrection of the Flesh I have faith in … the sacred catholic Church, the fellowship of holy people, the pardoning of sins, the restoration of the body, and the life everlasting (Apostles Creed) "Restoration of the Body" in the Apostles Creed: truly "Restoration of the Flesh! " Do we really need this chunk of bone and fat and hair that we know so well to have an unceasing future? Isn't such dialect rather dreadful?

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Resurrection of the Body An Envelope for Our Identity? It humorous that in our phenomenally materialistic culture, there is entirely regard for the body. We want to envision our body as a minor envelope for our "actual" personality situated in our brain and will.

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Resurrection of the Body Our Material Life However: We experience God in this world as creatures with material bodies, God uncovered God's self to us by going up against the type of a material body, as Jesus, God keeps on utilizing material things and people to convey who and what he is, Why then would it be advisable for us to think existence with God will ever essentially avoid our material life?

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Resurrection of the Body Our Material Life The Bible says little in regards to existence with God in paradise, But rather discusses: a reestablishment of creation, another paradise and an earth (2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1) Life with God, it appears, is life in a world that has something in the same way as the world we now occupy.

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Resurrection of the Body Our Material Life How then may we do equity to what the Bible and convention appear to let us know, that we anticipate: The revival of the "tissue", Life with God in "another paradise and new earth", a Holy "City," "Another Jerusalem"? Without falling into humiliating buzzwords, unpleasant dialect?

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Immortal Diamond

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Immortal Diamond Beings Living in Context & Community First standards: We are our identity since we have lived and developed inside: A human setting (family, companions, group) A non-human setting (physical world) Our blessedness is bound with other individuals and the things of this world: Our connection with God is made obvious (or not) by they way we lead our associations with other individuals and the things of this world.

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Immortal Diamond Beings Living in Context & Community Therefore, on the off chance that we trust that existence with God does not dissipate after our physical passing, then it should by one means or another still be life: in group and setting, life in our current reality where every one of our associations with things and people are completely secured in the Trinitarian love of God and completely straightforward to that adoration. What precisely does that mean? Truly – God knows.

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Immortal Diamond Beings Living in Context & Community But it means that: God does not recover us by making us quit being what we are — creatures who live in group and setting; If God clutches us through death, he clutches each part of us — not simply to an uncommonly secured, "undying" piece of us. Whatever existence with God is after our physical passing, it is not something more conceptual or more separated than what we now know.

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Immortal Diamond Bodily Resurrection In his lyric "Nature's Bonfire," Gerald Manley Hopkins closes with a portrayal of substantial restoration: In a blaze, at a trumpet crash, I am at the same time what Christ is, since he was what I am, and This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, fix, matchwood, godlike precious stone,      Is everlasting jewel.

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Immortal Diamond Bodily Resurrection In our present life, the "interminable precious stone" in us is indivisibly bound up with the not extremely noteworthy stuff of human instinct (Jack, joke, poor potsherd, fix, matchwood) At the revival, everything gets to be "godlike jewel" It is not only the present "eternal jewel" some portion of us that survives. We anticipate an association with God after physical passing in the wholeness of our human instinct.

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Immortal Diamond Not the Immortality of the "Spirit" Christians don't generally put stock in the "interminability of the spirit" Deathless presence is not saved for only a piece of us, a foggy profound piece, the strong knotty piece falling without end. We have a future with God as entire people, no less . On the further side of death (which by definition we can't envision) nothing is lost.

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Immortal Diamond Key To Our Hope The way to our faith in an existence after death, in the restoration, in another paradise and another earth, is our confidence in a reliable God. God won't release us even on the furthest side of death. What God has made his own through the cherishing activity of Jesus, he won't forsake.

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The Coming Judgment of Christ

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Christ's Judgment The Coming Judgment of Our Lives The coming judgment of our lives by J

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