How would you summarize the information in this chapter in one or more sentences?
What statement by Bishop Carder really spoke to your mind or heart as very important for us to understand and remember?
This discussion is on a chapter from Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by Kenneth Carder (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2009). This book is available from Cokesbury.com, Amazon.com and other sources.
There is a stanza in an old hymn that says,”This world is not my home, I’m only passing through….Jesus beckens me from Heaven’s open door.” Growing in Christ means reflecting Christ.
2What we call earth now is not what it will be.
Our transformation into God’s New Heaven and New Earth begins with us. We must work to be the character of Jesus Christ – i.e., end violence, respect and help others, take care of the environment, seek justice and do good.
“In Jesus Christ, God manifests and inaugurates the new heaven and new earth through the word – Made-Flesh, Jesus Christ.”
1. Believing in God’s final victory we can face each day with trust and confidence that we will share in the victory.
2. “Wherever the will of God is done, the kingdom of God is present” It is in those moments we are transformed into the Image of God.