Groaning and Glory
Our Scriptures do not hide the fact that the world we live in is a very broken place. In fact, the Bible highlights it. All of creation and all people are being held in subjection to the corruption and decay that comes with sin and death. There is pain everywhere. Everybody feels it.
Creation groans. We groan. And God’s Spirit groans. That’s the way it is. For now.
But those sufferings, which are happening right now and are very real, don’t even begin to compare to the glory, which is also a very present and very real thing. The glory of God already exists. The glory of his redemption is already a done deal. It’s just not given to us fully yet. Not yet.
Please read the powerful passage in Romans 8:18-28. Then join us at 10:15 this Sunday morning June 7 inside the Central Church worship center as we consider the tension between God’s patience and his promises. If you are in an at-risk category or otherwise feel uneasy about returning to in-person worship, you can still watch the service by clicking here Sunday. You can also find links to the live video elsewhere on our church website as well as on Facebook, YouTube, and the Central app.
The Kingdom of God, our eternal salvation, the defeat of sin and death, our Lord’s ultimate reign, and the restoration of all of creation --- it’s here. And it’s all still to come. Already and not yet. So, we wait. We hope for what we do not have and we wait for it patiently. And while we wait, we groan.
Central is open for Sunday Worship
Central is now open for Sunday morning worship assemblies. Our aim is to glorify God together with our faith community in a way that supports our city leaders and public health officials and that expresses Christian love for our neighbors and for you.
This is not going to be an immediate return to “normal.” We have put together a deliberately cautious plan to transition from scattered to gathered. We are asking you and our entire church family to carefully and prayerfully observe these guidelines as we begin to come back together.
The theme of Koben Puckett's faith story: Faith, Hope, and Love. During the livestream interview coming on Wednesday night, Koben will share about his life and how it was drastically altered from a cervical spinal cord injury that happened 11 1/2 years ago.