We started our new season of Sunday Gatherings on 11th January with a presentation asking three questions:
What are people for?
What do different people use people for?
What did God make people for?
We believe that God made people so that they could thrive and flourish in an ideal setting – a Garden of Eden.
We then thought about how people can thrive in a setting where things are very much imperfect. We belive that God has a plan to restore a perfect order of things; and that being a follower of Jesus means that we can be part of that plan.
There are many ways in which things are “not the way they’re meant to be”, and we considered just some of them in a series of pictures: hunger, war, debt, prejudice, illness, loneliness, loss of identity and more.
We then considered which of these situations might resonate with us and could suggest directions for our community for social action. Using pictures of real people created a strong response and stimulated a passionate discussion.
This is our way of starting to play our part in helping ourselves, and those who cannot do that, to move towards a life of thriving and flourishing.