Holy Trinity, Batman!

Holy Trinity Batman

This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, May 31, 2015. The scripture Romans 8:12-25. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:

12So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. 13There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. 14God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! 15This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. 16We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—17an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him! 18That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. 19The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. 20Everything in creation is being more or less held back. 21God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. 22All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. 23But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. 24That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. 25But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.