We at Barneys are transformed by God’s love for us.
We are transformed because his love gives us life. We are convinced that it was God who brought the universe into existence, and that it is God who breathes life into the world every day. He orchestrates the movement of the planets, oversees the changes of the seasons, and raises the sun every morning. He gives breath to our lungs, provides bread for our stomachs, numbers the hairs of our heads and sustains the beating of our hearts. God is not distant and removed: this is his world and he is the one who gives it life.
Even more than that, we are transformed by God’s love because he gave the life of his Son for us. Despite our indifference and selfishness, greed and pride, God sought us out. In Jesus he came to us forgiving the guilty, healing the sick, caring for the poor, and welcoming the outcast. When Jesus willingly offered his life for ours on the cross, he reconciled us to our maker. When he rose three days later, he conquered death and opened up for us a whole new way of life. This is a love we can’t ignore.
What’s more, we are transformed by God’s love because his love promises a better day. When we look around and see the anger, violence, greed, pain and death that still mark God’s world, we cling to Jesus’ promise to come again: we long for the day when he will wipe away every tear and make all things new. And when we look inside and see the same things in ourselves – problems, weaknesses, imperfections, sin – we rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection because it promises that we too will share in the life of the age to come.
Find out who Jesus is at our free 5-week course, Simply Christianity
Over just five, hour-long weekly sessions you can sort out fact from fiction as we look at Luke’s biography of Jesus. Feel free to ask questions or remain silent, but come along and discover for yourself the contemporary significance of this ancient faith.