“As You Are”
SPEAKER: Troy Champ
As Christians, most of us will tell you the power of God’s grace has saved us. This truth alone is a beautiful gift, but it’s more than a one-time gift. It pursues us, strengthens, emboldens, and softens us. Can all of us say God’s grace has changed us?
In our most honest moments, we know the ways we are broken. That brokenness can even make us afraid of coming to God, because we know when God gives us grace, he accompanies it with truth, and we would rather forget the shame we feel. We would rather bury and burn memories of seasons we regret than hear the truth about ourselves.
Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off. God draws us into his embrace, showering us with love, and like any good parent, he tells us when we have some things to work on. It is because of his grace that you don’t have to be afraid of the truth. God loves you just as you are, but he loves you too much to leave you as you are.
Read John’s Gospel. Take your time with it and really dive in as we continue to explore it over the next few weeks.
Pray Psalm 85. Through this Psalm we see many of the ways God’s grace has transformed and restored his followers before us.
“Grace” by Max Lucado
“Thanks for the Feedback” by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen
Primary text: John 1:24-18
Other texts in this message: Exodus 34:6, Exodus 20, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 2:11-12, Colossians 4:6, 1 Peter 4:10, 2 Corinthians 12:9
WORSHIP SONG LIST
This is Amazing Grace Phil Wickham
Build My Life Pat Barrett, Matt Redman, Brett Younker, Kirby Kaple and Karl Martin
What a Beautiful Name/Agnus Dei Medley Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood, and Michael W. Smith
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Exodus 34:6, Exodus 20, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 2:11-12, Colossians 4:6, 1 Peter 4:10, 2 Corinthians 12:9, John 1:24-18, Troy Champ, As You Are, Gospel of John