Belonging: Being a Community in the Image of God
In the very first chapter of Genesis, God turns his creative focus to human beings and says, “Let us make human beings in our image, according to our likeness.” Much has been made over God’s voice switching between both singular and plural here. To whom was God speaking? Christian understandings have connected the plural to our trinitarian understanding of the One God; that in creation, Father, Son and Spirit were together the source of life and all that is; and that this existence in eternal community is also reflected in God’s creation of the human being in God’s image. A few verses later, God observes the human being and states that “It is not good that the human being should be alone.” These themes are reflected throughout scripture as God speaks of his people in the terms of belonging. We belong to God and we belong to each other. Over the next six weeks we will be exploring the themes of belonging.
Week 1: “Belonging: God’s Image” (Genesis 1:26-2:3) Scott Wilson-Parsons
What does it mean to belong to the God whose nature is to be in community, and how we are to experience and reflect that nature through the Church?
Week 2: “Belonging: A Gracious Hospitality” (Luke 19:1-10) Stefanie Riley
The Story of Zacchaeus offers us a glimpse of what the grace of belonging looks like as it is offered and as it is received.
Week 3: “Belonging: All in All” (Acts 2:43-47; 5:1-11) Mary Jane Wilson-Parsons
Belonging is a word we sometimes apply to possessions. How are we to understand possessions in a community where all belong and are included?
Week 4: “Belonging: Building Trust” (I Thessalonians 5:12-28) Mary Jane
Belonging requires vulnerability and vulnerability requires trust. In a world that is often harsh and unforgiving, how do we open ourselves to each other?
Week 5: “Belonging: You Are Enough” (Gen. 3:1-13, II Cor. 5:17-21) Stefanie
Before we can authentically welcome another, we must first understand our own identity in Christ. Who does God say that we are?
Week 6: “Belonging: Getting to ‘Us’” (I Corinthians 12:12-27) Scott
How do we transition from being a gathering of individuals to a body of believers, bound by the love of God and shaped by the nature of God through belonging to each other?
Come and join us as together we explore what it means to belong to God…and to each other.