SHAPING – Generosity (Week Two)
SHAPING – Generosity (Week Two)
Denis Beausejour continues our series on Purity with a message on embracing grace
I believe God really visited us Sunday. I felt it in the time we opened up the Word. I saw it in the community prayer time. I heard it in the worship response. We brought our needs and struggles to God!
It’s the nature of grace that when we seek Jesus with all our hearts, he makes himself known to us. He speaks. He tells us the great things we don’t know. He forgives. He empowers us to trust and obey.
We looked at the difference between “bounded set” and “centered set” thinking as it pertains to Grace. The parable of the prodigal God from Luke 15 is such a great illustration.
We need to beware focusing on our location and instead look at our trajectory. Are we moving toward God in surrender, or are we resisting God as he calls?
Here is the link to last Sunday’s message:
God can make us pure – if we will embrace grace!
Read and meditate on 2 Corinthians 12 for a deeper encounter with God and the sufficiency of his grace in your life.
It’s a joy to learn to live and love in Jesus with you, Denis
Weekend To Remember Getaway Details:
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, March 13 to 15
Sign in 5pm Friday through 12:35 pm Sunday
To Register, go to:
http://www.familylife.com/events/featured-events/weekend-to-remember and click on ‘Find an Event Near You’ button.
Once in the ‘Cincinnati’ event page, March 13-15, type ‘mcchurch’ in the Group Name field, then click on ‘continue’ to issue payment and complete the registration. Price: $99.99 per person or $199.98 per couple.
Return to the Cincinnati page, scroll to bottom to find the link to make hotel reservations. Price: $116 per night + Tax/Fees. Parking is not included.
Please book your reservation soon to maximize our group discount. The getaway hotel is the Hyatt Regency 579-1234 – cost $116/night. You can also call directly to reserve a room. Options to reduce cost: get a cheaper hotel close by, or stay in hotel only one night!
We Ain’t Nothin’ Y’all
The Gospel reminds us that we were stuck in sin, trespasses and opposed to God, while Christ died for us. Our salvation is by grace! We can truly identify with the film “Remember the Titans” and their humble declaration: “we ain’t nothin’ y’all!” By keeping a humble perspective, we can also keep receiving grace and making sure that we do not receive the Lord’s beautiful grace in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1). Humility is also the foundation for relationships with one another.
Righteous anger can be a holy reaction to evil. However, we more commonly experience offense – the inward reaction of anger or fear towards others. Behind that is usually a bruised or exposed idol. Our reputation. Our theology. Our priorities. But 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that love is not easily angered. Other translations say love is not touchy or irritable, it does not brood, fly off the handle or take offense. Offense often leads to accusation. It is a reaction to seek and find blame. Often, accusation begins in our thoughts. These thoughts profoundly affect our relationships. Ask yourself if you have any relationships that need healing from accusation.
Finally, we may engage in gossip. We come near to those who will sympathize with us and we verbalize a bad report about someone not present. This leaves us agreeing with the enemy about another person… The Rabbi spent a lot of time rebuking, correcting and insisting on ways of resolving these kinds of problems among his followers. Jesus wanted us to become perfect children of a perfect Father (Matthew 5:48). Paul echoed the same goal (Colossians 1:27-29). This week, try an experiment: Zero gossip. Become aware when you fall short. Ask God to forgive you and change you. Identify idols and root causes for each case and seek out community for support and accountability. May we rediscover our humble and needy state when Jesus touched us! May we live humbly, like the One who made himself nothing.
May we be one with the same One who called us to unity in love,
It is wonderful to see the Word of God, the prayers to God, and the Spirit of God hovering over our community. Last night we finished reading the pages of Revelation, as we completed our public reading of the Bible from cover to cover. At our staff meeting on Monday, we had the honor to pray by name for the 215 people who committed to our 40 day prayer covenant. I can’t tell you how encouraging that was. Yesterday the Spirit was moving as people were praying on the phone, in the hallways, at Joy in the Morning, and for Jerry Kirk’s visit tonight.
These are some important hallmarks of a hungry community with a growing desire to follow Jesus together. May you be as encouraged as I have been in the last 48 hours.
Jesus, be Lord of our lives today in new ways, change us any way you want!
Zak shares on the grace of the Rabbi and the difference between grace and mercy.