Yesterday, we concluded our series, RSVP by looking at 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 and exploring the ministry of reconciliation. In this text, the Apostle Paul first outlines God’s work in reconciling the world through Christ and then declares that God has entrusted the message and ministry of reconciliation to all Christ followers:
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
Over the years, many people have committed to memory 2 Corinthians 5:17. Unfortunately, many of us have memorized an inaccurate rendering of the text – “therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (KJV). The NIV captures the true spirit of what Paul was intending to say – “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” Paul’s reference to the new creation must be read in light of God’s declaration in Isaiah 65:17: “I am about to create new heavens and new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” When we are in Christ, we step into a whole new reality. a reality that encompasses all of creation, the heavens and the earth. The key to living faithfully and fruitfully is to align our lives to this new reality. I love what Os Guiness says about this finding our place in this new reality: “the truth is not that God is finding us a place for our gifts but that God has created us and our gifts for a place of His choosing – and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there.”
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Open the Eyes of My Heart (Paul Baloche)
- All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises (Lincoln Brewtser)
- Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:13-16
- Salt and Light (Jami Smith)
- The Power of Your Name (Lincoln Brewster and Mia Fields)
- Message (RSVP: Reconciliation)
- Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.