Connections from the Garden

Fostering Intimacy with Christ and Connection with others

From the beginning, we see God connected with Himself, Father, Son and Spirit, three persons, loving and relating as perfect community, working together to create all that is (Ge 1:2, 26, Jn 1:1-3,14).

God created people, both male and female, in His image, with His capacity for deep connection.  He created us to know and to be known as God Himself knows and is known.  This is God’s people sharing in His fellowship, deeply connected to God and deeply connected to one another. 

Jesus said, “Just as the Father has loved me (God’s connection in Trinity) and I have also loved you (God’s connection with His creation)……love one another (our connection with each other).” (Jn 15:9,12).  Being fully alive means sharing deep connection with God and deep connection with others.  We have all experienced the effects of sin on relationships, how it destroys them.  When people chose to disobey God (Ge 3) connection was lost, community was broken.  But, the gospel is the Good News of reconciliation and restoration.  Jesus died to restore relationship, both with God and with each other. ( Eph 2, 2 Co 5:18-19) This is God’s intent in creation: Community, God’s people, in deep connection with Himself and with each other.