Grace for this Groaning World – notes for talk


22nd May – Grace for this Groaning World

 Readings  – Romans 8 18 -39                     Luke 10 30-37             Psalm 72

Themes   – We and the world groan for new life, rebirth relief from pain & suffering  – The Spirit brings that to us, as an insight to the future of the new Kingdom.   – It helps us to bring relief to others and creation as well   – No matter how bad things seem or are we can not be separated from the Love of God shown by the presence of His Spirit.

My Father in Heaven, praise to your name

Your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as in Heaven

  • Groaning

“creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. “

We see it all the time, people groaning with the weight of their life experiences, illness, job, income, family etc. We also see it in the world around us as the things God gave us to rule over and use are depleted and killed off.

What is the answer to all this pain suffering and disaster?

Why isn’t God doing anything about it?

What can we or should we do?

A few different stories on the theme.

1 – So a homeless girl sits by the roadside.

A rich man passes by and think she will just spend it on drink and drugs and walks past.

A Politician passes by and thinks I have to work on sorting the country out so she needs to get a job

Another homeless person comes along and sits with here and shares his sandwich.

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbour?

2 – A poor farmer was having a bad year.

The buyer of crops came past saw his problem and cut the price he paid for the poor crop, it isn’t worth any more.

The consumer heard of his troubles but demanded cheaper coffee as he had troubles of his own.

Another saw his troubles and offered to help by lending money with very low repayment so he could improve his farm which would mean better crops and them they helped him sell with a fair price.

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbour?

3 – A Earthquake has happened and many people are homeless and without food.

The Politician looks at the news and wonders if he can get away with doing nothing but commenting as it will not gain him votes.

The banker wonders if it will hit his bonus, but if asked will express concern over poor buildings.

The hairdresser give’s a few pounds to an appeal.

A fireman spends his own money to go out there and help.

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbour?

  • As Christians we are given a sign of the New Kingdom Jesus promised, we receive that sign by the power of the Sprit working in us and others. Your Kingdom come

” We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[j] including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved.”

One day we will receive our rights as Children of Christ, new bodies and a new kingdom to live in.

Until then we have the Spirit of Christ to give us a partial insight into that kingdom.

So we see Christians being at the front of setting up charities and agencies to help those suffering from war, hunger etc.

Just like the nice man in our reading, Christians are to go out of there way to help others paying extra for Fairly Traded  Goods and food. Or giving to people in need at home and abroad not caring about race, faith or sex as we should even do it even for our enemies.

Never counting the cost but doing it from Love of Christ and aided by the Spirit of Christ within them.

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.”

The Spirit also helps each of us as we struggle in many ways.

Spirit filled people deal with adversity better than those with no faith at all.

            Story of two ladies

We are part of Gods plan to redeem creation unlike the religiously righteous we are not to walk past suffering but we are to engage with it.

Groaning with those who groan, suffering with those who suffer, sitting with those who are lost just as our saviour Christ did.

  • 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[o])

37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[p] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So Grace for this Groaning World all comes down to our trust and faith in Jesus, and it is through Him that suffering will be no more.

Christ had the victory for us, it shows just how much He loves us that He put Himself into suffering and death.

All change
Lynda Davies is senior digital producer at the BBC

in a article for the Evangelical Alliance she finishes by saying

…. the life of Jesus affirms to us his faithfulness and that despite his physical presence leaving Jerusalem, his Holy Spirit has equipped his followers to do more than they ever thought possible.
We don’t know if the message of the EU referendum on June 23 will be one of leave or remain, how the Mitchell’s will cope without their matriarch, or what other changes we may experience in the future. However we know for certain that we can never leave the kingdom of God. And that’s the only constant we need.

  • I know personally that no matter how bad it gets He is there, often it is hard to know that but He always sends someone to confirm it or just to help me.

Looking back to before I was a Christian and since

Two WRVS ladies in Germany

Berni

Many members of this body

Children when I have been ill

A friends Christian son when I was ill in hospital

Strangers

Now a lady at Talking Therapies

are just a few of the Good Samaritans who have come to my help over my life

 

Suffering is part of this fallen, from God, world.

God understands this and has a plan to renew it.

To make His kingdom come and His will be done.

We the followers of Jesus, God come to man, are the plan it is through our Spirit led actions that His Kingdom will come.

Mark 4 24-25  The Message

24-25 “Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”

The Kingdom of God is shown by how we act, it groans as we groan, the grace for this groaning is us His followers and how we bring hope and help to those that need it.

Lets Pray


Romans 8 18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[j] including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope[k] for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers[l] in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[m] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn[n] among many brothers and sisters.30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[o]37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[p] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Luke 10 Parable of the Good Samaritan

30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant[d] walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[e] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

Psalm 72                    R         18 Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does such wonderful things.

Give your love of justice to the king, O God,
and righteousness to the king’s son.
Help him judge your people in the right way;
let the poor always be treated fairly.
May the mountains yield prosperity for all,
and may the hills be fruitful.
Help him to defend the poor,
to rescue the children of the needy,
and to crush their oppressors.
May they fear you[a] as long as the sun shines,
as long as the moon remains in the sky.
Yes, forever!  R

May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,
like the showers that water the earth.
May all the godly flourish during his reign.
May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.
May he reign from sea to sea,
and from the Euphrates River[b] to the ends of the earth.
Desert nomads will bow before him;
his enemies will fall before him in the dust.
10 The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands
will bring him tribute.
The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba
will bring him gifts.  R
11 All kings will bow before him,
and all nations will serve him.

12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;
he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
13 He feels pity for the weak and the needy,
and he will rescue them.
14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence,
for their lives are precious to him.

15 Long live the king!
May the gold of Sheba be given to him.
May the people always pray for him
and bless him all day long.   R
16 May there be abundant grain throughout the land,
flourishing even on the hilltops.
May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon,
and may the people thrive like grass in a field.
17 May the king’s name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun shines.
May all nations be blessed through him
and bring him praise.

18 Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does such wonderful things.
19 Praise his glorious name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and amen!   R

 

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