X = Community - Rich Braaksma

October 11, 2015

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryPastor Rich continues our series on X = Christ who forms, shapes, sustains, and provides the life force and possibility of community.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV

“It is only when he is a burden that another person is really a brother and not merely an object to be manipulated”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

“God’s… gifts are handed out everywhere… Each person is given something …that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful: You can… see how this kind of thing works by looking [at] your own body. Your body has many parts… but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit… Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-13, (redacted), The Message

“God did not make this person as I would have made him. He did not give him to me as a brother for me to dominate and control, but in order that I might find above him the Creator. Now the other person, in the freedom with which he was created, becomes the occasion of joy, whereas before he was only a nuisance and an affliction. God does not will that I should fashion the other person according to the image that seems good to me, that is, in my own image; rather in his very freedom from me God made this person in His image. I can never know beforehand how God's image should appear in others. That image always manifests a completely new and unique form that comes solely from God's free and sovereign creation. To me the sight may seem strange, even ungodly. But God creates every man in the likeness of His Son, the Crucified. After all, even that image certainly looked strange and ungodly to me before I grasped it.."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


Power of Your Love

This I Believe

This Is My Father's World

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Get Together

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1Thessalonians 5:16-18,1 Corinthians 12:4-13,community

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