The story behind the hymn “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” is soul-stirring. What’s even more powerful is the text from which its ideas are drawn - Romans 8. We dive into this text in order to see the truths which ground our confidence in a divine love which will not let us go.
God’s creation is good. But it is not at rest. It is fallen. And it is groaning. We too groan within it, longing for something more, longing for a state like Eden without the curse of sin and death which affects all creation. Romans 8 helps us make sense of history and God’s redemptive plan by viewing it all through the lens of the resurrection - Phase 1 with Jesus and Phase 2 still in our future.
In exploring the general resurrection through 2 exciting passages, we reflect on 2 questions the Bible itself asks on our behalf: How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?
Psalm 44 raises some honest concerns about God's faithfulness to His promises. These are questions relevant to anyone feeling like a victim of injustice or divine abandonment. The New Testament returns to these questions to provide answers in the Gospel of Jesus.
Shame is probably one of the most under rated emotions when dealing with sin. Not only does shame make us place a label on ourselves but it can also make us withdraw from God leaving us feeling even more alone. Today we explore the destructive nature of shame and how Jesus frees us from its bondage.