This past weekend at Eastbrook, I concluded our series, “Love-Sex-Body: Toward a Biblical Theology of Embodied Sexuality,” focusing on the fourth chapter of God’s Good Story: the Restoration of all things.
I spent a lot of attention in this message on Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15, which draw together Adam and fallen human bodies (ch. 2 – the Fall), Christ and His resurrection body (ch. 3 – Redemption), and the hope of future resurrection bodies for all those who belong to Christ (ch. 4 – Restoration). I connected that with the calling of the church to be a community marked by resurrection hope, living in holiness and love, touching upon Romans 8 and 1 Corinthians 6. The conclusion of the message directed attention to the ultimate consummation of Christ and His bride, the church, with the new heavens and new earth described in Revelation 21.
You can watch my message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities to connect.
“Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly
as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.”
The Now and Not-Yet Kingdom of God (Romans 8:23)
Resurrected Jesus and Resurrected Bodies (1 Corinthians 15:1-58)
The Resurrection Community: Living Now with Redeemed Bodies and Sexuality (Matthew 22:23-32; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20)
The Promise of Love’s Restoration (Ephesians 5:31-32; Revelation 22:1-5)
Living with Resurrection Hope in Our Love, Sexuality, and Body