Trees are majestic. Full of beauty, full of life, experiencing change through the seasons. Trees symbolise Gods creation. When we look at the bible two trees were mentioned in the book of Genesis. The tree of knowledge and the tree of life. When we read the story, God told Adam and Eve don’t eat from the tree of knowledge. We know the story – they did, they decided they wanted their own way and now we have to live with the consequences. That wasn’t God’s plan.
God’s plan was to be a relational God, wanting to dwell amongst us and bring us life.
We can see throughout the Bible God sending messengers, kings, judges, prophets to tell humankind to come back, turn away from their sin (rubbish in their lives that separated them from God).
Eventually because God loved his creation, that’s you and me, so much he sent his son to die for us, so that we can have life, eternal life; we have can a relationship with God, we can find out what Gods plan is for us. A plan of hope, a plan that He wants the very best for us, even if we screw up. Does that not warrant our attention?
Accepting Jesus into our lives isn’t about being religious, it’s about being relational with a God who loves us sooooooo much that he wants to invest in our lives.
Interestingly, have you ever pondered what about the tree of life? This tree of life can also be found at the end of the Bible in the book of Revelation chapter 22 v7.
The Tree of Life was planted on each side of the River, producing twelve kinds of fruit, a ripe fruit each month. The leaves of the Tree are for healing the nations. Never again will anything be cursed.
God’s intention was to provide trees that produced food to sustain us, leaves that never died. In other words, LIFE!
Our church logo represents a tree. When we look at the tree, we see its roots going deep (representing as a church our desire to go deeper with God) and the branches represent us as a church reaching out. Reaching out to one another and to our wider community.
Our vision statement is based on Mark 12: 30-31
Jesus replied ‘ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Love God. Love each other. Love our community.