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Story by Jim Somerville. Photo by Sean Lumsden-Cook.

For years I’ve been looking for a way to harmonize the good news of the coming Kingdom, so prevalent in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with the good news of eternal life, so prevalent in John. I think I’ve found it, and if I could sum it up in a few words, I think I would say this:

Jesus came to give us the gift of LIFE – abundant, overflowing, and everlasting – and His vision of the Kingdom was about the place, the reality, where that kind of life could be lived.

book studyIn 2015 I’m hoping that we can learn how to live that sort of life here, at First Baptist, by thinking of our church as a kind of “laboratory” where we practice obeying the clear commands of Christ to see what can happen when we truly love one another, forgive one another, and bear one another’s burdens (just to name a few). Jesus seemed to believe that God’s Kingdom could come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Why not start here?

And then I want us to learn how to share that kind of life out there, in the city of Richmond and in all its surrounding suburbs. I think this may be the most natural way of bringing the KOH2RVA – simply by living the life of the Kingdom and sharing that life with others. And yet I don’t think it comes naturally; I think it takes study and practice.

GBL-shadowTo that end we’re going to spend the Season of Lent studying a book called The Good and Beautiful Life, by James Bryan Smith (based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7). During the “Great Fifty Days” of the Easter Season, we’re going to practice living that life here at First Baptist. And from the Day of Pentecost forward, we’re going to focus on sharing that life with our city, our state, our nation, and our world.

So, get ready, First Baptist Church: the Good and Beautiful Life is coming, and I want every one of us to be part of it!

For more information, visit FBCRichmond.org/worship/jtc.
Watch a brief video about the lenten book study.

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