Threads in God's Story: Restoration

9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”

-       Rev. 5:9-10

This week’s big question: If we come to Scripture so that God can help us find our story in his great big story… what story is he telling, anyway?

The last thread we’ll look at this week, found throughout the story of Scripture, is restoration.  Over the last few months, we’ve talked about this on Sunday mornings as the now and not yet kingdom of God, where all things will be set right – not only our own relationships with God, and our own hearts, but all our other relationships, too – with nature, family, neighbors, nations…  We’re created to sing a new song, reconciled and gathered together in Christ to be a new kind of community – radically diverse, yet drawn together through grace to worship and serve God.  Together we’re meant to help bring his reign and restoration to the world around us.  Pretty lofty, amazing stuff!

As you read through today’s Scripture again, take a few minutes to listen and talk with God. What words in the passage carry special weight for you?  What does it mean to you that you are created in Jesus to be part of community?  What does it mean to you that you are created in Jesus to serve and worship and image God?  How is he nudging you to live into these truths today