DNA: Week 8 The Resurrection

Looking at the DNA of Christianity and Christ Church.

Christianity begins with Christ; so does understanding your own resurrection.

Welcome, everyone, to Week 8! This week concludes our DNA experience, launching you into Christianity as embodied at Christ Church. This week focuses on the implications of Jesus' resurrection for you and your life. If you missed the teaching, there is a video recording at the bottom.

Review: Christianity begins with Christ. So does understanding God.


People have been talking about and trying to explore gods or God since the beginning. We are fascinated by the supernatural and the mysterious. We are both drawn and repelled by it. Trying to know and understand God is complex and often confusing as we draw upon our life experiences and the experiences of those around us.


Opener:

Who or what has helped shape your understanding of God?

God as Creator


Romans 1:20

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.


How have you experienced God through nature? When? Where? What was it like?

Trying to know God apart from Jesus gets very confusing. There are natural disasters and yet natural wonders; there is cancer that kills and yet pregnancy that brings life; there is food and yet famine, prosperity and yet poverty. The world we live in is confusing and thus makes understanding God confusing.


Have you ever found God confusing? How so? What caused the confusion? What is it like to live with this confusion?

Christ clears up the confusion.


Read the following selections and spend some time unpacking it by asking these three questions for each selection:


John 14:6-11

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. f you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”


Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.


What does this tell us about God?

What does this tell us about Jesus?

How does understanding Jesus help us understand God?

Hebrews 1:3

Through the Son [God] created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.


What does this tell us about God?

What does this tell us about Jesus?

How does understanding Jesus help us understand God?

Colossians 1:15-16

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. 


What does this tell us about God?

What does this tell us about Jesus?

How does understanding Jesus help us understand God?

God: from Creator to Father.

Jesus moves our relationship with God from a Creator relating to his Creation to a Father relating to his Child. A parent-child relationship is one of the best and most challenging relationships one can have.


Based on your life experience, describe both the best and most challenging aspects of a parent-child relationship.

Read the following selections:


Matthew 6:9

Our Father in heaven…


Galatians 4:6-7

And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.


Romans 8:15-17

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.


What is like for you to hear God described as a Father?

What does this tell you about yourself? How does that impact the way you perceive yourself?

Conclusion:


Christ moves our understanding of God from Creator to Father.


Your relationship with God is not simply an abstract, distant Creator relating to an experiment, toy, or sterile object. Jesus makes it clear that your relationship to God is that of a Father cherishing, enjoying, and raising his child whom he loves, cares for, and dreams a future for. It is a rich, colorful, challenging yet rewarding relationship between a parent and a child.

Apostles' Creed, 1st Article

I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

Prayer

Take some time and pray.


You can type prayer requests, reflections, or things to remember in the notes below and email them to yourself, so you have them going forward.

DNA Week 8 Video