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Hot Mess – Following God in the Chaos of Life: Grace
September 15, 2019

Hot Mess – Following God in the Chaos of Life: Grace

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Hot Mess-Finding God in the Chaos of Life | Last Sunday was literally a “Hot Mess” at St. Johns! Both air conditioners in the sanctuary malfunctioned and worship was moved to the Peterson Fellowship Hall. Both air conditioners are now working, but this Sunday may still be a chaotic hot mess, only in a different way! We cannot trust that everything will go smoothly, even with our best efforts. However, this week’s sermon is “Grace.” We can trust God’s grace to be alive and active, despite the difficulties that we face! Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6:2: As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. (NIV) It seems the Corinthians were in danger of following an empty grace! This emptiness was seen in the chaos of their hearts, lives, and relationships. Paul wants them to refill their lives with a powerful grace that will renew them and strengthen them! All of us have found moments when God’s grace did not seem to be enough. We are like these Corinthians; we need to be refilled and renewed! As you read 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10, let these words reassure you that the journey is not more than you can bear because God is your friend! 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. (NIV)

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