January 17-19, 2014
This past weekend in Coquitlim, BC, we began our first of two weekend events. This first weekend, I presented our series God in the Hands of Sinners. The weekend focuses in on Jonathan Edwards’, 1781 sermon which was entitled Sinners in the Hands of and Angry God, and challenges the presuppositions of such by a comparison with the Jesus story itself. As we found out, the story we find in the Gospels is not one that speaks of sinners in the hands of an angry God, but of a God who was found in the hands of angry sinners. To a large degree in North America, the paradigm cast by Jonathan Edwards has shaped the lens through which so many today are relating to God if they still believe God exists. For many, it has been a lifelong struggle to escape Edwards’ paradigm. This past weekend was another attempt to return to the understandings of the first century church including their understanding of God, Jesus and His life, death and resurrection. The primary purpose of Jesus coming to this earth was to deliver humanity from the powers which held us in bondage: Sin, Death and the Accuser. Jesus did not come to satisfy a god’s need for retribution, but to fulfill God’s dream of restoration.
The response from this first weekend has been tremendously positive. We had an excellent turn out and some really dynamite questions and answer, break-out sessions. Please continue to pray that next weekend will be a wonderful conclusion to our event here. This next weekend we will, with eyes wide open, be looking into what a community who have been captured by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection looks like, as they seek to put on display the beauty of who God is, as well as the beauty of what the world changed by Jesus looks like.
Thank you sincerely for partnering with us in prayer for this event so far. I’ll keep you posted!
I love you guys,