The Gathering // Sundays at 10am
This week we'll be tackling the last of the 4G's. We'll be focusing on the truth that "God is gracious, so we don't have to prove ourselves."
Tim Keller has summed up the gospel this way: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope" (Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage). Even if we know that we believe this gospel, our tendency as human beings is to daily reject the gospel in the way that we live.
We tend towards one of two ditches: licentiousness or legalism. Licentiousness rejects the truth of sin; it says, "What I've done isn't really that bad, and it certainly doesn't need to be punished." Legalism, on the other hand, rejects the truth of free grace. It says, "Certainly there must be something I have to do to earn God's favor." But neither of these ideas––licentiousness or legalism––are true. We need to regularly come to terms with the truth that: God is gracious, so we don't have to prove ourselves.