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November 17-23, 2019

 

A NOTE FROM PASTOR MIKE

Grace Church Family,

We are rounding the corner and heading for home with the book of Romans! It’s bittersweet but also exciting, when you see what’s left in this beautifully grace-filled letter. Especially what’s coming up this Sunday. It’s a great big warning to be watchful of any who would cause divisions and stumbling blocks in local churches.

Last week we saw that when everyone is doing their part, everyone fulfilling their God ordained role, the church is a beautiful place. This week something a little more sobering: when division goes unchecked the church is a dangerous place. Kind of surprising for Paul to slip this in at the end of Romans, but also so necessary, back then and now!

Romans 16:17-23 tells us to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. Be thinking clearly, make good choices, and stay away from what is bad, especially people who cause divisions in the church. It is easy to almost unknowingly get deceived and start becoming a pawn of the devil. That’s just something that no true believer ever wants. 

Sometimes it might feel like we are walking a tightrope. There are many temptations to succumb to, but I’ll tell you what, God is so good, kind, and patient with us. Grace and mercy overflows to us in Christ. That’s the best reason to trust Jesus and walk in repentance, intent on doing what is right. 

Join me Sunday as we get even more unified around these truths.

In Christ,

Mike

 

P.S. In prep for Sunday: What’s the biggest challenge with those causing divisions? Do “sneaky dividers” see you as willing to share gossip and division? If you are a magnet for this attention, how can you stop it? How can we work together in Gospel partnership?

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UPCOMING EVENTS

THIS SUNDAY

  • November 17 - A Warning to be Watchful Romans 16:17-23

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