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Who We Are: We’re FOR New Salvations

[Today, we continue the series about our “Who We Are” statement.]
The Great Commission tells us how important salvation is to God. Jesus has all authority and we’re instructed to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matt. 28:18-20). That’s why:
We’re for new salvations.
It must break God’s heart to see people, harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36), when He has provided the Good Shepherd (John 10 -- and even, the Great Shepherd, Heb. 13:20) in His Son, Jesus. God “desires all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all (1 Tim. 2:4-6).
When we understand God’s high standards of holiness (perfection!) and the depths of our sin (Rom. 3:23), there is no way to bridge that gap apart from Christ and Christ alone (Acts 4:12). But we don’t have to clean ourselves up or get it all right before we’re saved: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). We’re saved by grace through faith. “And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works…” (Eph. 2:8-9). In salvation, there is fullness of life because in Jesus there is abundant life! (John 10:10).
Father, help us to be FOR new salvations, in prayer, in word, and in action, so we can exalt Your Name and live authentic lives of faith in Jesus.

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Who We Are: We’re FOR What Jesus is For

[Today, we continue the series about our “Who We Are” statement.”]
Everyone has beliefs they are willing to stand for, and ideas they stand against. They exist in some form, even if they’re still being shaped. There’s also (almost always) a positive, life-giving way to express them. That’s why:
We’re not a community that’s focusing on all the things we’re against, instead we’re reaching toward and teaching about all the things that Jesus is for.
We know some will reject the gospel (Rom. 8:7), but sometimes we muddy the message by making our emphasis more about what we are against than what we are FOR. We are called to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15) and we want our speech to be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that we know how to answer each person” (Col. 4:6).
Jesus, our model for all of life and Godliness, was most certainly against some things and never soft-pedaled sin (John 5:14), but He was also full of grace and truth (John 1:14). It’s that perfect balance we’re after. Not that we can do it perfectly, but we have the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).
Tomorrow, we’ll start to look in greater detail at the long list of things Jesus is for. Father, help us reach toward and be about the things Jesus is for, so we can exalt Your Name and live authentic lives of faith in Jesus.

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