“Culture—making something of the world, moving the horizons of possibility and impossibility—is what human beings do and were meant to do. Transformed culture is at the heart of God’s mission in the world, and it is the call of God’s redeemed people. But changing the world is the one thing we cannot do. As it turns out, fully embracing this paradoxical reality is at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian culture maker.” –Andy Crouch
Yesterday as we continued our series on “Being and Doing” we explored the middle space between creation and fall, raising the question, “How does the biblical narrative inform who we are and what we are supposed to be doing?”
One biblical text that describes in vivid terms this middle space is Romans 8. Take a few moments to dwell in God’s Word and live in the tension between the ought and the is and the what will be:
I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters. Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice—it was the choice of the one who subjected it—but in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children. We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now. And it’s not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free. We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn’t hope. Who hopes for what they already see?But if we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 8:18-25, CEB
Here is our complete worship flow:
- A Movable Feast (Sue Puhala)
- Awake My Soul (Chris Tomlin)
- White Flag (Chris Tomlin)
- Dwelling in the Word
- Announcements and Offering
- Message (Being and Doing – The Fall)
- Wholly Yours (David Crowder Band)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this past weekend in worship at The Worship Community.