Monday, January 23, 2012

ECC Messages - No Perfect People

1/22/12 Church for the Rest of Us - Part 3 Ryan Meeks

Truth: We were created for Community .

Problem: We hide from authentic community.

"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard" Romans 3:23

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from who his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and dep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3: 14-19

Solution: We're committed to help on another live an authentic truth.

"Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32

Heal through authentic Confession.

Memory Verse: "Confess your sins to each other and pray for eachother so that you may be healed." James 5:16

"If we claim that we experience a shared life with him an dcontinue to stumble around in the dark, we're obvioulsy lying through our teeth-we're not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with on another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God's son, purges all our sin. If we claim whtat we're free of sin, we're only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins-make a clean break of them-he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and wash us clean of all wrongdoing." John 1: 6-9


  • Beliefs don't matter if you don't live them.

  • Come as you are, but don't stay as you are.

  • Limted Attonement - Calvinism - God has predestined who he loves and who he hates.

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