Stretching Our Imaginations
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  • 1. Stretching Our Imaginations What Is God Trying So Hard to Teach Us and Why?
  • 2. Importance of STRETCHING before strenuous workouts
  • 3. A Tragic Case of IMAGINATIONS That Refuse to Be STRETCHED Americans Grace and Matthew Huang and their three adopted African children
  • 4. Another Struggle to Imagine a Shared Future ebcla! faith village Gay Christians Straight Christians Can we imagine God’s thoughts and ways not matching ours?
  • 5. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17
  • 6. Sin is thinking we know better than God. Biased Cynical Subjective Ignorant Afraid Arrogant Stubborn Prideful
  • 7. Huge Wall Divides Us “It’s not a sin.” ! SAFE FOR GAYS* “It is a sin.” ! SAFE FOR STRAIGHTS*
  • 8. Jesus Has Already Destroyed All Walls! EPH 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
  • 9. Let Jesus Keep Stretching Our Imaginations EPH 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
  • 10. Only fools would attempt many hurdles without stretching first.