Extravaganza 2019 Theme
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
- Romans: 8:26-27
The Gospel is disruptive.
It is the nature of God…to step in to the world and act, not always in ways that we want or anticipate, but always in ways that we need. Look through the scriptures to see the stories:
And there are many more stories throughout the scriptures, of the disruptive nature of God.
The very act of creation was a disruption. With a mere thought, God’s will reached into the void and sparked something new. It is so formative that the word “creation” serves both as a verb and a noun. The actions of God were creation; and what God made was known as “creation.” And in that act, God formed a vision for what creation was going to be like. For how humans would relate to everything around them, and most importantly to the creator. The disruptive act was something out of nothing.
But sin disrupted creation. And humans became captive to it. Until in the ultimate act of disruption, God became flesh, and Jesus walked the earth, taught, and disrupted the sinful human systems, bringing redemption and new life. Jesus entered death, and was resurrected, to bring life not only to himself, but to all of God’s people.
And now as people who are called to follow Jesus, we are called to let the Holy Spirit work through us, becoming disruptors in a world sorely in need of disruption.
We disrupt these things with trust and love; trust in God’s presence and love that comes from God; love that overflows within God’s people; love that disrupts.
And as a community called specifically to work with children, youth and families, we are called to disrupt the everyday expectations that come to us through our culture. The messages that our young people hear from our culture are
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we disrupt these messages with a Word that brings new life, and the possibility of living differently; of living as a disciple of Jesus, tethered to the Mission of God.
Let us live as holy disruptors, in the name of the one who came to disrupt our very lives with love and grace.
The Gospel is disruptive. And we should be too.