Making Room for Renewal

For the past 2 weeks, we've been exploring what it means to make room for God in our lives and what that means for our definitions of Family, Reconciliation and Renewal. 

This week, Natalie Mariscal, Community Group leader at 167 Group shares thoughts and impressions of Pastor Rich's sermon on Making Room for Renewal.

Behold, I am making all things new.
— Revelation 21:5

Sunday's sermon about renewal was taken from Revelation 21:1-6. In this passage, John gives us beautiful imagery of what heaven will be like, renewal of the old heaven and old earth and the new Jerusalem (God's chosen people) as His bride. Everything will be brand new. 

Pastor Rich spoke on two points in regards to renewal based on those passages: our renewal as His bride and the renewal of our city. 

Our Renewal

We build family on the basis of the work that Jesus did for us all; not based on shared experiences. Our riches, values, and worth are not set here but in our home that Jesus prepared for us. 

Renewal of our city

God is transforming our city to be holy. 

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
— 1 John 4:4-5

There will be no distinction between our dwelling space and God's dwelling space.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
— Revelation 21:3

These passages and the sermon on Sunday gave me nothing but hope: hope in the renewed world that's to come and the day where we will have the same dwelling place as our Savior and Great Father.