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Woody Nook. An Introduction to our Community Life. Topics. Summary of Faith and Practice Woody Nook: Our Common Testimony Woody Nook: Our Story Woody Nook: Living Together In Christ Woody Nook: The Organization Belonging To Woody Nook. A Summary of Faith and Practice. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Woody Nook

Woody NookAn Introductionto ourCommunity Life1TopicsSummary of Faith and PracticeWoody Nook: Our Common TestimonyWoody Nook: Our StoryWoody Nook: Living Together In ChristWoody Nook: The OrganizationBelonging To Woody Nook

2A Summary of Faith and Practice

Finding Home, Finding Rest3Basic ConfessionQ. What is your only comfort in life and in death?That I am not my own,but belongbody and soul,in life and in deathto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

Ask someone who has grown up in the Reformed Tradition, you will often find the words of Lords Day #1 resonate in his/her heart. They are a confession of the church that speaks not only of our common belief but also teaches us personal faith. Many times I have heard those who are dying reveal their deepest faith by reciting these words. A few characteristics stand out. The personal side of the story the language uses I. Every person needs to experience the I too quality of the Christian life. Yes, we are talking about doctrine. Yes we are talking about a community of faith. But whatever else is part of the story, we need to experience this personally. Jesus has come into the world, but Jesus has also come to me personally.The use of the word comfort. This is not speaking of being comfortable or at ease, but a source of reassurance, security, and well-being in the midst of a life that can be and often is filled with troubles and distress. 4He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.He also watches over me in such a waythat not a hair can fall from my headwithout the will of my Father in heaven:in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

It of what Christ has done on the cross. This is the way of redemption. It speaks of the freedom we find in Jesus. No longer in the clutches of Satan, or any other powers of this world but in the freedom of the Kingdom of God.It speaks of the providential care of our Father in Heaven. This can give us good confidence that in all the circumstances of our lives we will never be separated from the Love of God.

5Because I belong to him,Christ, by his Holy Spirit,assures me of eternal lifeand makes me wholeheartedly willing and readyfrom now on to live for him.

The assurance of faith: this assurance is rooted in the love of Christ and not in my work or feeling at the moment. The desire to serve our faithful Saviour and Lord. The role of the Spirit: my assurance and my willing service do not come from my personal strength but from the power of the Spirit who takes all the redemptive ways of Jesus Christ and makes them real in my life. 6The Parable Prodigal:Its all about coming homeThere is a place we call homeLonging for the another life: leaving homeThe deceptions of life, the disappointmentsConfession and Homecoming: its better with God

The Story of the Prodigal Son has been used by the church as a vehicle for understanding our place in the story of salvation. We find this story in Luke 15.

Read the story together.

This story has many layers and we can not do justice to them all. What we need to understand is that we find in this story the story of humanity. Humanity starts at home with God (garden of eden): there is a home.Sin separates us from God (the Father): we leave home and somehow come to believe that we do not need God or are independent of God.The reality of life apart from God (life lived in selfishness or in the gutter): the deceptions, the disappointmentsIts time to come home: confession (I need you Lord, forgive my disregard and disobedience) on lips, the welcome of God come, I will give you rest

This can become our story. While the drama of the gutter may be too strong for our personal experiences, we need to reflect on the Gods welcoming us and taking us back into the family of God.

The next slide allows us to walk alongside

7Gods Story and Your StoryGods StoryLet us makeThe sorrow of GodThe waiting of GodThe Seeking GodThe Forgiving GodThe Empowering GodThe God who makes the future comeYour StoryCreated Like GodWalking away from GodLife away from GodFacing ourselves, facing our worldTurning to God: confession and faithLiving with God: faith, hope and loveOur destiny with GodWe can tell the story from two points of view.

On the one side we see God and what God is doing (this is not necessarily sequential, but lists some actions of God in terms of the story of the Prodigal). On the otherside we can tell the story from our experience of Gods work in my life.

God made humanity and each of us: (Genesis 1,2; Psalm 8, Psalm 139) on the other side: I am created in the image and likeness of God. God grieved the attitude to sin, to the breakage (not just about judgement) on the other side: I am walking in the ways of sinGod waits God does not necessarily rush in and try to redirect our path immediately. Sometimes God lets us get to the depths so that we cry out to God. Think of the time of the judges. on the other side: I am living apart from God what does this look like. Perhaps words like selfish, things arent going well, breaking of the commands, careless, partying, broken relationships, loneliness might help describe the situation. Personal stories are useful. God seeks While the parable does not describe it this way, it is important to remember that Jesus came to seek the lost. God does not say I will let them figure it out on their own, he goes out searching for us. Meanwhile I need to face myself. Look in the mirror to see myself as I really am. The prodigal son has a talk with himself. And we need to see our personal story in the worlds story of being apart from God. The world is a mess. Whats wrong with the world? I amGod Forgives: this is the story of Jesus, the one who atones for our sins. I need to repent (turn away from sin and toward God), trusting in God alone for my salvation. God empowers: God sends us the Holy Spirit so that we might believe and live for God, he enables us. I respond by living for God and being a witness to what God has done and is doing by my faith, hope and love.God gives a future. Eternal life, life with God now, a promise. I hope in the unseen promise (examine Hebrews 11)8Gods StoryLet us makeImage and likenessStewards of creationGenesis 1, 2Your StoryCreated like Godand God said: goodPsalm 8, 139God made humanity and each of us: (Genesis 1,2;) Take time to read these passages. It is critically important to consider the on the other side: I am created in the image and likeness of God. (Psalm 8, Psalm 139).

9Gods StoryThe Sorrow of GodGenesis 3: the FallGenesis 6: and God grievedLuke 15

Your StoryWalking away from Goddid what was right in his own eyeslived a prodigal life party lifeDid not listen - God grieved Gods attitude to sin, includes anger, judgement and sorrow. Anger because of the violation of his love. Judgment because justice demands a response to the violation of the command in order to set things right. And sorrow because of loves loss. In the story of the prodigal the Father lets the son go, but if he is as the fathers I know tears would have been his companion.

on the other side: I am walking in the ways of sin. In a variety of ways we can see sin in us: did what is right in our own eyes - a phrase that comes from the book of judges. Instead of listening to Gods way we go our own. We do wrong. (stealing, lying, etc). We have desires that lead us in wrong paths. Our hearts are directed away from God. In many ways we can say we were captured by the grip of sin in our lives.

10Gods Storythe Waiting of GodThe book of Judges The Prodigal Father Your StoryLife Away from GodOther godsWho is First? What is good?The Brokenness that does not go away God waits God does not necessarily rush in and try to redirect our path immediately. Sometimes God lets us get to the depths so that we cry out to God. Think of the time of the Judges. It is when the people cry out that God responds. In Peter we hear about the patience of God.

on the other side: I am living apart from God what does this look like. What is worth pursuing? Who is worth emulating? Who is First? What is the vision of the good life worth pursuing? For what will you sacrifice?

Perhaps words like selfish, things arent going well, breaking of the commands, careless, partying, broken relationships, loneliness might help describe the situation. Personal stories are useful. 11Gods StoryThe Seeking GodYour StoryFacing ourselves, facing our WorldGod seeks While the parable does not describe it this way, it is important to remember that Jesus came to seek the lost. God does not say I will let them figure it out on their own, he goes out searching for us. Meanwhile I need to face myself. Look in the mirror to see myself as I really am. The prodigal son has a talk with himself. And we need to see our personal story in the worlds story of being apart from God. The world is a mess. Whats wrong with the world? I am

12Gods StoryThe Forgiving God

Your StoryTurning to God: confession and faithGod made humanity and each of us: (Genesis 1,2; Psalm 8, Psalm 139) on the other side: I am created in the image and likeness of God. God Forgives: this is the story of Jesus, the one who atones for our sins. I need to repent (turn away from sin and toward God), trusting in God alone for my salvation. 13Gods StoryThe empowering God

Your StoryWalking with God: faith, hope and loveGod made humanity and each of us: (Genesis 1,2; Psalm 8, Psalm 139) on the other side: I am created in the image and likeness of God. God empowers: God sends us the Holy Spirit so that we might believe and live for God, he enables us. I respond by living for God and