This Sunday I’ll be preaching, and I want to de-centralize the preparation process a bit by asking for your thoughts.
The overall series I’ll be starting is one called Missional Spirituality. The series will deal with questions of how we live missional lives; the context within which a missional life makes sense (narrative theology), and the specific ways we organize and arrange our lives to live missionally. This Sunday I’ll be focusing on Heaven, and how a missional life is shaped by our vision of what Heaven is. We’ll be reading most of Revelation 21 together, and discussing how a vision of Heaven shapes our lives right now.
So here’s what I’m wondering: how do you view Heaven? When you pray, "Our Father, in Heaven," what feelings does it evoke? What does it mean that God is "in Heaven?"
I’m also wondering what your thoughts are on holiness. What images and associates does the word conjure? What’s a good definition of holiness?
Any other thoughts on how a vision of Heaven affects how we live our everyday lives? Or is there really a danger in being "so heavenly minded we’re no earthly good"?