Grace and Truth

7 01 2018

This is something I wrote a few years ago.  I have the opportunity to preach at our church and I plan on mentioning this idea of “Grace and Truth.”

I will be preaching January 7.  Our church “Live Streams” our 9:00 Service.

Here are two links that should get you there:

http://existencechurch.com/

This is the church’s website and there is a place to click on the top of the page that says “Live Stream”

This is where link takes you:

If you miss it.  They will post it.  It is the first sermon in the series “Blank Space”

Here are some thoughts on “Grace and Truth”

Change is hard even when intentions are good.  There are plenty of books and formulas on how to stick with something or make a change that will last.  It seems the only person it works for is the person you see on social media.  That person always seems to get it right.  The rest of us keep piling on the good intentions and hope that one day our will power will be strong enough to make the change we really hope for.

But I am a Christian.  Change should be easy.  We talk about transformation.  We talk about a new life.

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Change should be a piece of cake.  My best intentions should be realized.  Yet, those inside the church seem to wrestle with the same issues.

John 1:17 says: “ For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

When Jesus came and lived with us, I believe he brought the power of change.  It can be seen in the duel power of grace and truth.  The more I mature and see change in my own life, the more I am convinced of this reality.

Truth is powerful.  It helps us have an honest assessment of where we are at.  It gives us a clear picture.  We see things as they are.  Truth can be painful.  Sometimes too painful.  So, we minimize it, ignore it or turn it into a weapon that we use on ourselves or others by just “telling the truth.”

In steps grace.  It is sweet and refreshing.  Hope runs alongside it.  It lifts us up.  It encourages us.  It believes in us.  Ultimately it creates a safe area around truth so I can face it and deal with it effectively.  Grace truly is a gift of God.

The law that came through Moses was a picture of truth.  Jesus is truth (John 14:6).  When you study the life of Jesus, you see those who were self-righteous (trying to be their own truth) were silenced.  Those who had been broken by the truth of their life received grace.  In the midst of that grace their lives were transformed.

Do you need change?  How honest are you being about the situation?  How much grace are you allowing into the situation?

You will have to sit down with God and really be willing to be open and honest.  You will also need to accept grace.  Allow truth to be truth and let grace embrace us.  Then something amazing happens.  We start to live truthfully and grace guides us in changing.

Now imagine this at work in the relationships around us.  What if we were honest with one another and lived truthfully.  Yes, we would need to give grace and live by grace and look for lots of ways to inject grace into all of our interactions.

You noticed I didn’t say by inserting grace we ignore the truth.  This is what we tend to do.  We pretend everything is alright when it is not.  Truth and grace must go hand in hand.  It is the only way it works.

Are you ready change?  What is the truth about the situation?  What does grace look like?  Remember Jesus is truth so you will need to start with him.  For the church, we must be communities that live by the duel power of truth and grace.  The world desperately needs it and so do we.


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6 01 2018
GoodVibesNation.

Amen!! May God bless your sermon, and reach those who are in need of hearing how Grace and Truth will truly promote change in ones life. I pray God blesses you with the fullness of his Shalom!

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