THE NEW HUMANITY
Many who hold to the theory of evolution wonder what’s in store for the human race. Are we going to evolve into a new superhuman, even divine human species? As is often the case with questions only recently conceived, the Bible anticipated and answered this one thousands of years ago.
Jesus Christ, in his resurrection, became “the Firstborn of a new creation”. He is the head of a new humanity and we are already part of it, as the apostle Paul wrote, “You are new creations in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is not just a moral or spiritual conformity to Christ, but it means that one day we will be resurrected and become like him as physically transformed members of the new humanity.
Imagine what life on that level will look like. You will be completely changed but retain your individual identity as a person. You will discover what it is like to be fully yourself, the self that is uniquely you, carrying the restored image of God in every part of your being.
You will be free from all the physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual and relational damage and limitations caused by the Fall. Enjoying the fullness of life, you will finally discover the deep and lasting satisfaction of perfect relationship with God, with others and with yourself.
Notice that all this comes about by a special and gracious act of God’s creation, not the blind, unguided and pitiless forces of nature as described in evolutionary doctrine. All that remains is for us is respond to the love of God shown to us in Christ and, by believing in him, become united with his love. That love becomes the guiding presence and transforming power working in us until we finally see the risen and ascended Jesus face to face in the new heavens and the new earth.
One night, I was listening to a worship song about being free and surrendering all to God. Whilst listening to the words I began to pray and asked God to feel his presence.
[2 minute read] Senior Minister Colin Dye has launched a pioneering online Bible school for the converts from Islam in Central Asia and Caucasus. The Bible school is using Colin’s Sword of the Spirit video series which has been translated into Russian as a study material, and it includes live interactive teaching sessions where believers in the region can find answers to difficult questions.
[1 minute read] Sunday 18 April was a great day at Kensington Temple as 30 people gathered with family and friends at 2pm, first for a reminder of previous teaching on baptism and then to be ministered to. Some had the joy of being baptised with the Holy Spirit immediately before going through the waters of baptism.
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Many of us know Roberts Liardon. He s a great friend of Kensington Temple and has visited many times. Less well known to us personally, but playing a vital role in his ministry is his mother, Carol, who passed away earlier this month. Click for video from Colin Dye.
[ 3 minute read] Back to the office as the roadmap to ending lockdown unfolds
Monday 12 April was a very big day in our country as it marked the re-opening of outdoor cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as hairdressers, gyms, and swimming pools. Seeing the High Street busy and shopping and town centres come alive again, one senses a cautious sense of euphoria.
[2 minute read] Following the completion of the external audit of the Church’s accounts for the financial year ended 30th September 2020, we are delighted to be able to present a short financial update setting out some of the financial highlights.
[ 3 minute read] Never have I felt so challenged about sharing my faith. To step up to the plate and publicly throw out the lifeline as a follower of Jesus during lockdown was a startling thought.
[3 minute read] A year ago when you walked down a busy road, or a high street, you would find a number of cafes, bars, and pubs – many of them playing music. You would find people standing outside because there isn’t enough room inside – drinking, laughing and having a great time.
[ 3 minute read] Imagine a world where you can ask a question, make a request, register for training, or book time with a pastor without having to contact or go into Kensington Temple. Welcome to X-change – Kensington Temple’s own one-stop online system designed for you.
[3 minute read] Since the first Novo Tempo church was planted in Pernambuco, (North East Brazil) back in 2005, our dream has been to have a church that is more than just a gathering of people in a building.