This past Sunday’s sermon was an interesting one for me. The topic – “What is a Presbyterian?” forced me to review the “big picture” of what we believe. Normally, at New City, we focus on one passage of Scripture, which I zone in on in my study before preaching. Last week I read a little history as well as scripture and reviewed some of the defining concepts of the Protestant Reformation.
I thank God for those who have gone before us. There are many who sacrificed so that we could have a better understanding of the glories of the gospel found in the scriptures. Luther, Calvin, Knox, and others opened up the Bible for regular people so that they could live with the joy of grace instead of constant fear of condemnation. God used the Reformation for His glory and for that we should be thankful.
But the work of God continues on. Our calling is different in 2017. Yes, we hold on to the foundational truths which were rediscovered 500 years ago, but we now face new challenges. Immigration, terrorism, political instability, and other issues are crying out for us to think biblically how we as New City AND we as the global church, respond with the truths of found in scripture.
Thankfully, we in Reformed theology (and in the Bible!) have a “Big God Theology.” We can rest assured that He’s in control of all things. His plan for the renewal of all WILL NOT FAIL! We can have hope for 2017 and every year because God promises that “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more” – Rev 21:4a
May you have a “Big God Theology” in 2017. May it bring you hope in the day-to-day struggles that you face in this upcoming year because God is on the move.