The Journey Of Transformation


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The Journey Of Transformation

  1. 1. SESSION THREE<br />The Journey of Transformation<br />
  2. 2. God’s New Creation<br />Rediscovering the Journey of Transformation<br />QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE<br /><ul><li> What will happen at the end of time?
  3. 3. What will happen when we die?
  4. 4. How does our ultimate hope shape our ministry?
  5. 5. Why are we called to personal transformation?</li></li></ul><li>God’s New Creation<br />Rediscovering the Journey of Transformation<br />FIRST, SOME TERMINOLOGY<br /><ul><li> Theology – Study of God </li></ul> (theos = God + logos = word/logic)<br /><ul><li>Christology – Study of Christ
  6. 6. Soteriology – Study of Salvation
  7. 7. Eschatology – Study of End Times </li></li></ul><li>What will happen <br />at the end of time?<br />
  8. 8. The Liturgy<br />We believe…He (Christ) will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.<br /> - Nicene Creed<br />Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. <br /> - Eucharistic Prayer A<br />We remember his death;<br />We proclaim his resurrection;<br />We await his coming in glory. <br /> - Eucharistic Prayer B<br />
  9. 9. What are the options?<br /><ul><li> Evolutionary Optimism
  10. 10. The Myth of Progress
  11. 11. Souls in Transit
  12. 12. Rapture Theology
  13. 13. New Creation
  14. 14. The Journey of Transformation</li></li></ul><li>NEW CREATION<br />The early Christians did not believe in progress. They did not think the world was getting better and better under its own steam – or even under the steady influence of God. They knew God had to do something fresh to put it to rights.<br />But neither did they believe that the world was getting worse and worse and that their task was to escape it altogether. There were not dualists.<br />Since most people who think about these things today tend toward one or the other of these two points of view, it comes as something of a surprise to discover that the early Christians held a quite different view. They believed that God was going to do for the whole cosmos what he had done for Jesus at Easter.<br />N.T. Wright<br />Surprised by Hope<br />
  15. 15. HEAVEN<br />God’s Space<br />EARTH<br />Human’s Space<br />
  16. 16. NEW CREATION<br />Behold, I Make <br />All Things New<br />
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  18. 18. What will happen <br />when we die?<br />
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  20. 20. How does our ultimate hope <br />shape our present ministry?<br />
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  22. 22. Why are we called<br />to personal transformation?<br />
  23. 23. New Creation<br />(Parousia/ Resurrection)<br />Awaiting <br />New Creation<br />(Heaven / Paradise)<br />Building for<br />New Creation<br />(Earthly Ministry)<br />Foretaste of <br />New Creation<br />(Transformed Life)<br />
  24. 24. 2 Corinthians 5:17 <br />NIV - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!<br />NRSV - So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!<br />GREEK - So if anyone is in Christ, New Creation!<br />
  25. 25. NEXT WEEK<br />Rediscovering the Truth of the Bible<br /><ul><li>How do we know the bible is “true?”
  26. 26. Does the bible contradict itself?
  27. 27. How is the bible authoritative in our lives?
  28. 28. How does the bible direct and order our lives?</li>