The Embrace of Grace
The Pharisees thought that Jesus’s proximity to such a great sinner discredited him. Jesus, on the other hand, came to save sinners, no matter how much they have sinned.
Great forgiveness provides the opportunity for great love.
Psalms: Life as Worship
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Why is confession so important? Our lives and this world are not what they should be, yet we prefer the lie and run toward the depths. Fortunately, the destination of our confession is The One who loves to forgive.
Jonah: God’s Call to All
Jonah: Both the Prodigal Son & Elder Brother
All are lost in sin, rebellion, and anger. Fooled by fake freedom, Jonah and the Prodigal went away from The Father. Clouded by arrogant pride, Jonah and the Elder Brother were full of wrath toward the helpless, who need the grace of The Father. Both stories end with a plea from The Father, who is full of love and mercy for all. What are you living for?
- How is Jonah like the Prodigal Son? (Am I free enough?)
- How is Jonah like the Elder Son? (Am I good enough?)
- How are We like Jonah, the Prodigal, and the Elder Son?
For most of us, the New Year is a time for resolutions to better ourselves; however, in the Hebrew calendar, the New Year involved a month long celebration, each day celebrating the theme of absolution and reflecting on what God had accomplished. What has God accomplished in your life this past year?
Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
With this parable Jesus teaches about the reality of the debt of our sin and forgiveness. Grasping how much God has forgiven us allows us to have a forgiving heart toward others.
- An Unforgiving Heart
- A Forgiving Heart
- What forgiveness really is
- Forgiveness means: giving up the right to seek repayment from the one who harmed you.
- Someone always pays, on every debt.
As the New Year begins, we are reminded that we are worse than we think but God’s grace is greater than we can imagine. Our identity is in Christ Jesus, not in our successes or failures. Our sins do not define us. God’s plan is much bigger than we think and His grace is perfected in our weaknesses.
The sermon both comforts and challenges us. Our natural inclination is to mess stuff up. Jesus Christ won security for us and we are now free to be honest about our sin. Jesus Christ now defines us and gives us our identity, not our sin. Grace flows downhill to the poor and humble and He works through our weaknesses for His glory. God’s will will prevail through the Church, as broken as she is.
What are God’s New Year’s resolutions for you?
- Cheer up! You’re far worse than you think.
- Cheer up! God’s grace is much greater than you can imagine.
- Cheer up! God works through our weakness.
- Cheer up! God’s kingdom/plan will eventually prevail.