Dear Hope Family,
Several weeks ago we formally welcomed Sydney and Luke, our Winston-Salem Fellows, to Hope Church for a year’s worth of partnership in learning and ministry. I am thankful that my interaction with Sydney and Luke extends beyond Sundays at Hope.
This Fall I get to guide the entire group of Fellows through the opening chapters of the book of Genesis with a particular focus upon tracing out the “One Big Story of the Bible”. I enjoy getting to know our Fellows in a different context as well as spending time with our own Ned Erickson who serves as the Director of the Fellows Program. Most of all I enjoy re-engaging with the opening chapters of the Bible, tracing the progress of God’s promise through creation, fall, redemption, and new creation, and steeping for a few weeks in the lavish goodness and providence of God.
As we face so much unknown, so much confusion, so much contention, so much exhaustion, so much complexity, let me impress upon you the enduring value of coming back to the beautiful bedrock truths of the Bible: a personal, loving Creator out of his mere good pleasure painstakingly has manicured a world rigged for the flourishing, wholeness, and delight of his beloved image-bearers – people with dignity and purpose whom he longs to bless and enjoy.
While the true story of Scripture does not answer every pressing question rattling around in your head and heart, does not cover over every place of exposure and vulnerability, and does not immediately relieve every contention, it does ground us and give us humble hope that the God of Genesis is also the God of Revelation. Indeed, he is never merely Alpha, the beginning; he is also Omega, the end. His kept promises in the person and work of Jesus Christ assure us that he is actively at work in between the two!
Let’s gather this Sunday to re-tell this true story of the world and be empowered and inspired to take our rightful place in it!
Grace and peace,