“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” -Revelation 21:1-2
It’s been 34 days since the “Stay Home” order was given on Maui and at least 6 Sundays have passed where we have not gathered as a church to worship. That means for some of us, it’s almost been 2 months since we’ve seen one-another or worshipped together! If you consider the Governor’s extension until May 31st, that may mean we don’t resume large-scale church gatherings for a while. Insert long-sigh here….
I know on the part of many, there is an increasing longing to gather together, to assemble, as the people of God to worship!
As such, I’m excited to announce our new sermon series for the month of May on The Delectable Mountains. What is that you wonder? It’s imagery from the Pilgrim’s Progress that John Bunyan uses to depict his view of the church: beautiful, attractive, delicious. Is that how you’d describe the church? It seems to be in vogue now to describe God’s church with much more negative depictions: hypocrites, pagan, unnecessary, hate-filled….anything but beautiful.
In this series, I hope to fan to flame your desire to gather WITH God’s people to worship Him! There is something different that happens when we worship TOGETHER…and there always has been. I hope your view of what happens when we gather transforms as you see the richness and beauty used by the Scriptures to describe the people of God. By God’s grace, we will reunite with a deeper longing to linger in our own delectable mountain we call Kahului Baptist Church.
In this series, we will look at the nature of the church (ecclesiology) as we start at the beginning.
In week 1 we will see the unity of the people of God across the Old and New Testaments. Are Israel and the Church 2 totally distinct peoples of God with separate plans? Was the church born at Pentecost? In Acts 7:38, Was Stephen mistaken when he mentioned the church in the wilderness at Mt. Sinai? Or is there more at play to what we know as “the ekklēsia” often translated as “church?”
In following weeks we will zoom in on various Biblical images used to describe God’s people under the New Covenant. I pray in our time together that you find the answer enlightening and beautiful as we see a united plan, a united people, and a singular purpose of redemption unfold in the storyline of the Bible.
So I hope you’ll plan to join us this Sunday @10:15am as we digitally-assemble to hear God’s Word.