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Glorious Mess — Week 2

Glorious Mess

Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: December 31, 1969

The church is anything but flawless or perfect. Honestly, it is a mess at times. Yet, Jesus said he would build it, love it, sustain it, use it, and return to fully reunite with it forever. He established it for his glory and the good of the world. It's one glorious mess! Come and discover how you can join in the glorious mess we call Grace Point Church during our new series. Glorious Mess: Welcome To The Church January 8th-22nd.

Live In Community

Make disciples of Jesus that live in community for the community

Disciples make disciples.

The church is…made up of natural enemies. What binds us together is not common education, common race, common income levels, common politics, common nationality, common accents, common jobs, or anything else of that sort. Christians come together…because they have all been saved by Jesus Christ…. They are a band of natural enemies who love one another for Jesus’ sake.—D. A. Carson

When God had mercy on us, when God revealed Jesus Christ to us as our brother, when God won our hearts by God’s own love, our instrution in Christian love began at the same time. When God was merciful to us, we learn to be merciful with one another. When we received forgiveness instead of judgment, we too were made ready to forgive each other. What God did to us, we then owed to others. The more we received, the more we were able to give; and the more meager our love for one another, the less we were living by God’s mercy and love. Plus God taught us to encounter one another as God has encountered us in Christ. ‘Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.’—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Big Idea: Disciples live in community

Romans 15:1-2 

[1] We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. [2] Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

A person without a grasp of the gospel, differenes of opinion and practice are huge and insurmountable.—Tim Keller

Love without truth is sentimentality; it suppots and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it. God’s saving love in Christ, however, is marked by both radical truthfulness about who we are and yet also radical, unconditional commitment to us. The merciful commitment strengthens us to see the truth about ourselves and repent. The conviction and repentance moves us to cling to and rest in God’s mercy and grace.—Tim Keller

2 Corinthians 12:9 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Romans 15:3 

For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”

Romans 15:4 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Romans 15:5-6 

[5] May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, [6] that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:7 

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

True gospel-centered community moves you from being a sealed envelope to being an open letter.—Paul David Tripp

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Play (“Laughter is carbonated holiness” - Ann Lamott)

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Romans 15:5-6 

[5] May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, [6] that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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