Today is a very special day for our church.
We have devoted the entire month of October to focus on the greatest and grandest themes of all of Scripture – glory of God. We’ve seen the Lord high exalted, sitting on His throne, the train of His robe filling the temple and the seraphim crying out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory” from Isaiah 6. We’ve seen God meet His prophet Habakkuk in the midst of one of the darkest times of his life and promise him that, “…the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” even though it looks like no good thing would ever come again. We’ve seen in 2 Cor. 4:4-6 that the glory of God isn’t vague or ethereal but personal because Jesus, in His life and in His death, is Himself the blazing center of the glory of God, so much so that when we gaze upon the risen Christ we gaze upon the brightest display of the glory of God, and just as God in creation said “let there be light” so too in new creation God says “let there be light” in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
And today, to end our series on the glory of God we’ll take a look, not back to events that have already taken place, but forward to events that we are waiting to take place, events which will change the fabric of our entire existence. Today we fix our eyes on glory, the New Earth, the New Jerusalem. Today is also a special day because I have the joyful honor of unveiling our new SonRise Community Church vision statement. All encompassing, laser focused, and Biblical through and through, this vision statement will be to us as a people, what a compass is to a traveler. But before we get there, lets get into the Word.