28 Oct

Grace Comes First (Part 3)

Jesus had no qualms about hanging out with “sinners” despite the pushback he received from the religious people in his day. Since he was more concerned with reconciling people to God than about how people perceived him, he was willing to wade into people’s messy lives even at personal cost to himself.

29 Jul

Acting Out: Getting In On the Movement of God (Part 12)

A healthy church consists of servants defined by a unified desire for God’s kingdom. These servants are responsible in the relationships God gives them and are successful in their mission because they experience the gospel of Jesus Christ even as they testify to his resurrection.

24 Jun

Acting Out: Getting In On the Movement of God (Part 8)

Understating our problem doesn’t solve it. But acknowledging our brokenness, repenting, and responding to God’s generous offer of mercy and grace brings redemption and new life. And by extension, God invites us to join him in extending that mercy to others through good works and testimonies of his grace.

17 Jun

Acting Out: Getting In On the Movement of God (Part 7)

Experience of the gospel in our own lives enables us to see brokenness that we never noticed before. But the gospel doesn’t just open our eyes. Faith in Jesus should pour out of us in such a way that people can experience the extravagance of Christ through us.

10 Jun

Acting Out: Getting In On the Movement of God (Part 6)

Baptism as a public demonstration of one’s faith in Jesus Christ is the initial indication that a person has heard, understood, and responded to the gospel. But this “fruit of repentance” continues in good works and by just “showing up” and growing in fellowship.