Grace and Truth (Cornerstone)
Sep 17, 2017 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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- Do you tend to focus more on a Grace response? Or a Truth response? Why do you think that is?
- How have you seen this Grace OR Truth approach hurt the brand of Christianity?
- Why do you think it’s so difficult to live in the tension between Grace and Truth?
- Consider a difficult situation you’re facing with another person, and ask: “What does love require of you in this moment?” Is it a clear answer? If not, who could you ask for help discerning what God is asking of you?
This week in Identity Crisis, Paul tackled the tension between Grace and Truth.
Some of us are grace people; you know, the kind of people who say, “it’s okay,” no matter what the offense? And some of us belong to the capital T-Truth camp; we see things in black and white and are happy to tell you when you’ve crossed the line. And each party wants to claim Jesus as their own, when in fact, Jesus forged another way.
“The Word became flesh and made his welling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Grace AND Truth.
Throughout the New Testament, we see Jesus respond to people in ways that defy expectation. Where we expect condemnation, Jesus offers forgiveness. Where we expect affirmation, Jesus offers challenge. Jesus lives in the tension between Grace and Truth, which is why he is full of surprises.
It’s hard to live in tension. Most of us want resolve. We want to fix it.
So how do we do it? How do we live in the tension between Grace AND Truth?
During your First 15, spend time reading John 8:1-11 about the woman caught in adultery. Imagine yourself there, standing around the circle. How might a “Truth” person respond? How might a “Grace” person respond? How is what Jesus does in this moment different?
*Go to our Identity Crisis webpage for an additional devotional to further engage this topic and grow in your faith.