The Book of Revelation “All Things New”
Dear Friends in Christ,
Welcome to 2022: The Year of Vision. Our focus this year will be on God’s vision and promise to make “all things new”. At the end of the Book of Revelation, God paints a picture of a new heaven, a new earth, a new Jerusalem, and a new Eden. God is in the business of making all things new and invites us to be a partner in the renewal of all things. The mission of the Northwestern Ohio Synod culminates in the renewal that God promises to bring. “Sent by the Crucified and Risen Jesus to Make Disciples, Equip Leaders, Strengthen Parishes, and Nurture New Communities for the Renewal of Northwestern Ohio and the World”.
One of my favorite Bible verses related to the promise of God’s vision is recorded at the end of the Book of Revelation. The Bible verse is Revelation 21:5a, which will serve as our 2022 Year of Vision Memory Verse. “And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5a). I encourage you to memorize Revelation 21:5a and open your eyes to notice the places in your community where God is doing a new thing. And then allow the Holy Spirit to open your heart to love the new thing that God is doing. And finally, open your hands to fully engage and partner with God to bring what is new in the community to life. In partnering with God to renew the community and the world, you will discover your own transformation. For it is in the renewing, that we are renewed.
What follows is a seven-session study on the Book of Revelation, chapters 1-3, and 21-22. Open (or turn on) your Bible, gather with a group of friends, get outside the four walls of the congregation, and learn what God desires to teach you. But be careful. Be very, very careful, because God’s Word has the power to renew people and communities from who we are, into the people and communities that God longs for us to be.
Let us pray, Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin. Grant that we who are reborn to new life in him may live in righteousness and holiness all our days, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Evangelical Lutheran Worship pg. 86)
Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin