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Aug 2012

Popologetics | The Sideways Image

The following is entitled The Sideways Image: Loving One Another, from Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective by Ted Turnau:

Let us explore how community images God. Just as the triune God is a community, so we are made for community. We are quite literally made for each other. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). This difference that God created in the first humans implies that we most fully reflect the image of God not in isolation, but together. That implication is made explicit in Genesis 2:18, where God says that it is not good for man to be alone, that he will make a “helper suitable for him.” The Hebrew word for “suitable for,” kenegdo, literally means “corresponding to,” “with a deep affinity for.” Adam and Eve were not suitable for each other simply because they were of the same species. Rather, there was a built-in mutual dependence and complementarity between the man and the woman. If Adam was the question, Eve was the answer, and vice versa. They were a call-and-response song made flesh. We humans are literally made for each other. In strong, intimate relationships such as marriage, one fills in where the other lacks. One is strong where the other is weak. One scratches where the other itches. And what is true most intensely in that first male-female relationship is true in a more general sense about all human communities: we are made complete as humans in relationship. Together we are the image of God.

Here at Redemption Hill, we believe that as Christians, we are children of God who live and care for each other as family. For the reconciliation enacted by Jesus on the cross to be universal, it must encompass more than just our individual relationship with God. We each may be saved as individuals, but we are not saved to an individual life. We stand as part of God’s restoring of all things, and we are brought into the missional witness to God’s restorative gospel, the body of Christ. This is why the Redemption Hill Communities play such a vital role in the life of our local body of believers. As we gather together in homes across Richmond each week, we want to grow in our sense of responsibility for each other as we eat together, pray together, and explore the implications of the Gospel on our lives. More than anything else, these groups represent the church at a personal level. They are the place that we really begin to know one another and allow ourselves to truly be known. Together, we want to see our sin clearly, see the cross powerfully, and repent deeply both in private, and with one another. These groups become the main lifeline for care at Redemption Hill. Connecting with a community group is really the best way to be a part of Redemption Hill as well as the best avenue for us to pursue our mission “to do what we are”. If you would like more information on the Redemption Hill Communities, or if you would like to request a list of available Communities, drop us an email at info@redemptionhill.org.

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