It's all about Grace. Specifically God’s Grace. There is a force called Sin in this world that wreaks havoc. We do not have to look far to see its effects. Whether it is the senseless acts of violence in Sri Lanka or Laos against Christians, or the destructive pattern of sin in our own lives, we see the results of this force the scriptures call Sin. God responds to Sin with Grace. Grace moves you from a person of Sin to a person of Grace. It does this through the faithfulness of Jesus – his life, teachings, atoning death for our sins, and of course his resurrection. Jesus was faithful to God, and God gifted Jesus to us. Grace changes us. But how?
This series is all about the habits of Grace. So we came up with an acronym to help us remember.
G – Gift; R – Repentance; A – Attitude of Mind; C- Communion with Christ; E – Evangelism and Justice.
Grace is a gift. That’s what the word means in the ancient world. It is a gift from a higher being to a lower being who does not deserve the gift. Paul uses this word to describe what happened to him and what happens to us when we receive God’s gift. It’s Grace. It’s unearned. It changes us. What exactly was that gift? Jesus! It's Jesus life, teachings, actions, death, and resurrection. Jesus is God's Grace gift to the world and to you.
This Grace leads us then to repentance. We turn around in our lives. We were going down a destructive road, but now we have turned around. Why? Because of our own will power? No. Because of the gift of God! God’s Grace turns us around. God's good gift hels us to see who we truly are - created in God's image, but marred by Sin. We need God's Grace to live fully.
So we receive the Gift. We then Repent. Next week we will talk about what comes next
Posted on 05/24/2019 11:10 AM by Dr. Ray Miller
Home. When we first visited CBC back in 2016 on a Wednesday night that is the word Sarah used to describe how she felt about this place. Home is the place where we truly live life. We are who we are when we are at home. We laugh harder at home. We grieve. We play and work. We strive to make it a happy place, but more importantly a safe place. We seek wisdom at home, and try to live it out in the world. Home is where you rest and recharge to get ready for the new day, week, or season ahead.
Home. Think about how CBC has been home for hundreds of people over these last 65 years. CBC has given a place to worship. Whether it was one of the good old hymns of the faith or a newer form of expression, CBC provided a home for people to worship the one true God. CBC has given itself to growth. We have challenged the people of Nashville who walk through our doors to grow in their faith and as a human being. We have hosted youth disciple nows, VBS’s, marriage conferences, weekly Sunday School and discipleship training opportunities, and countless other programs that challenged people to grow. CBC has been a place where people celebrate the most important days of the lives – baby dedications, baptisms, and weddings. We are a place where people grieve deeply. CBC has been a home base of missions. Think about Luke 9:2, Begin Anew, and a host of other mission partnerships that have launched out of this place. We have never been perfect, but we are motivated by the GRACE of God.
. Home is ultimately a gift from God. Augustine, a fourth century pastor-theologian, said it this way – “our hearts are restless until they rest in You, o God.” CBC has been a place of rest for people over the last 65 years. People have experienced God. They have grown. They have been sent out on mission. People have a home here. There is room enough for you. Come home to CBC.
Posted on 05/14/2019 1:51 PM by Dr. Ray Miller