This Coming Sunday Preparation (ps. don’t forget that we have meeting for worship for business this Sunday also. It will be at 6pm and we will meet in the sanctuary).
For next Sunday we will be discussing the first in our series of "Who is Christ?" The topic: Jesus the missionary.
The text for reflection is John 1:1-18:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
- Here in this passage the the Gospel of John describes the "incarnation" – the Word becoming flesh. What ways do you think incarnation might be a theme important to open up discussions about "who is Christ?" and "What canst thou say?" What are the real-life implications of incarnation versus escapism?
- In what ways does the incarnation "the Word becoming flesh?" transform our understanding of who God is?
- If Jesus’s own ministry can be understood in terms of mission how does this transform both our understanding of mission and how we as the church might live in the world?
- John’s statement: "The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world," suggests a particular time-frame in which the true light was to become visible. How does this impact our understanding of how one’s knowledge/experience of God is transmitted?
- What are other questions this passage brings up for you?
It was good to worship with you all yesterday and peace on this coming week.