He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
-- Colossians 1:28-29
We regularly talk hockey or the weather. But sadly we are less likely to Talk Jesus! We will review the importance of how God has been Talking Jesus and expects us to do so as well.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
-- 1 Peter 3:15
God calls people into relationship. But they are not loosely formed but rather involve mutually-binding commitments of loyalty and faithfulness. The Old Testament points to the New Covenant that God will make with His people through Jesus! God’s gracious covenant making becomes the manner in which we are to relate to one another as we follow Jesus together.
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”
-- Ezekiel 11:19-20
How do we relate to those who are considering Medical Assistance in Dying as a way to end their lives? What does the Bible say? How does our Anabaptist Theology inform our view of this issue? God enables us to live and die for His glory!
For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
-- Romans 14:7-8
Not only is God our creator, He is the sustainer of all life. In light of that, how should we die? Yes, also, how should we live? How should we view life and death? Is it up to us to disconnect from life?
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
-- Psalms 90:12-14
We connect with God through faith. He helps us connect with each other. In God’s plan, relational connectedness leads to oneness with God and one another.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you…..Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
-- James 4:7-10
God is best at building connections because He is the source of all things and in the end, all will be under Him. That is the summation of all things which is possible because of His great power demonstrated through the resurrection.
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
-- Romans 11:35-36
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
-- John 14:16-17
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
-- Ephesians 3:20-21
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
-- John 14:27; 16:33