11:00 AM Worship – Sermon Series: “The End of the World?” Part 2: Hollywood Loves a Good Rapture
June 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
This summer, the pastoral staff at Community United Church is offering a variety of sermon series to explore theological ideas and central characters of the Christian faith.
Our first sermon series is on eschatology. By definition, eschatology is “the study of the end.” Throughout the ages, Christians have had much to say about the end of the world, with various teachings on judgment day, the resurrection, heaven, hell, and who goes where.
Too, often, eschatology has been turned into a subject of fear, narrow predictions, or very odd speculations about timelines and signs. Christian history is full of examples of people thinking that they know when the end is coming, and how. None of these have been accurate.
It’s time we turn from all the bad eschatology that’s out there and embrace something much better.
Join us as we explore eschatology as a source of hope and good news! When we dig more deeply into Christian eschatology, we’ll find that much of what has been said about the “end times” in popular culture and fundamentalist Christianity is far too fear-based. What the scriptures actually reveal is a vision of “the end” that uplifts all people to live on earth as it is in heaven.
This week, we’ll explore the concept of “rapture.” In the 19th century, the fundamentalist idea emerged of “true Christians” being taken from earth (by Jesus) while a final tribulation plays out on the earth–leading up to judgment day. New ideas are not inherently bad. We are called in every time and place to be reformed and ever reforming by the Word and Wisdom of God. But what we’ll find with this particular new idea of “rapture,” is that it came from an effort to create a timeline for Christ’s coming (something Jesus himself said was not possible for us to know). Digging deeper, we’ll discover that the concept of rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 is really a spiritual symbol of hope in times of profound suffering and grieving.
The worship bulletin can be found here: June 27 The End of the World Part 2