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Spring Harvest 2015: Closer 1

April 22, 2015

with acknowledgements to Krish Kandiah, Patrick Regan, Christy Wimber, Cathy Madavan, Paul Weston

Ephesians 3:14 & 15

In some ways day 2 at Spring Harvest is where it all starts. The intensity builds up. The topic is looked at in greater detail.

The theme for day 2 is ‘Closer’.

In Ephesians 3. Paul writes about the Holy Spirit being in our inner being.

And Christ dwelling in our hearts through faith.

And God is the father. 

In many ways close doesn’t do it justice. 

Jesus lives IN the believer by his Spirit. We were reminded that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Reading through my notes from the day,there are so many quotes and many would be worth a post on their own.

So in my own inimitable style, this could take some time!

A theme which ran through day 2 was adoption – said to be a neglected idea in our theology and worship.

We think of God as a rescuer. 

“But a rescue does not demand a relationship”. (Kandiah)

For many of us as Christians I agree we are great at the theory of what God has done for us. Lots of big words. Redemption, substitution, justification, salvation.

Adoption. 

As John wrote:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NIVUK) Even he had to push hard to make the point! 
As Christians you and I really do have that relationship with God. Father and child. And adoption is no second best. All the same legal rights apply.

But that closeness with God. That is what He makes possible for us. Not just rescued. Not just saved from something but saved for something.

Particularly powerful was Paul Weston’s testimony about his own experience of adoption. Being told by school friends that his parents did not want him. He became a Christian when the vicar who knew nothing of his history told him that Jesus knew what it was to feel thrown away by his Father.

Jesus is very much part of that adoption. He paid for it. In full.

When the father goes to such lengths, we children need to do more to find that closeness.

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