Embracing and Enjoying Unity (Radiant #5)

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Embracing and Enjoying Unity (Radiant #5)

The church is God's new humanity, His society of the future that's broken into the present by the decisive work of the Holy Spirit. And the church is where, even in the midst of all our brokenness and longing, we can already enjoy mutual affection and love, where we can live in the unity and harmony Christ came to give us. So let's do it.

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God's Mind-Blowing Love (Radiant #4)

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God's Mind-Blowing Love (Radiant #4)

The kind of church God is building includes people from every family on earth—every tribe, every nation, every people group, every language, every race, every socioeconomic status, every class, every political persuasion, and everything else. Yet in preaching a gospel that could include all these kinds of people the early church faced enormous opposition and even physical violence.

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The Church: God's Plan for the World (Radiant #3)

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The Church: God's Plan for the World (Radiant #3)

Jesus stepped down into the world and laid down His life for the church--to form a community of people united together in Him. The church is at the very heart of the gospel. It is God's plan for the world, and there is no Plan B. We can see how beautiful and powerful this is when we start living like we need each other.

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There is no Them (Radiant #2)

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There is no Them (Radiant #2)

The church is beautiful to Jesus in part because it's the place of reconciliation. We all have peace and unity with each other because of the blood of Jesus, whether Jew or Gentile, white or any shade of brown, or anything else. This week we saw that this is theologically true, and we also saw how this played out in real life for the earliest church.

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The Radiant Bride of Christ

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The Radiant Bride of Christ

The church is so valuable to Jesus that He gave Himself up for it. He feeds it. He cares for it. He's transforming it into His radiant bride by removing all impurities and cleaning her up. And He even designed marriage from the beginning to reflect the relationship He'd eventually have with it.

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