"Grace" -- Sermon from June 18, 2022

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What are you afraid of? In today’s message Pastor Stephanie shares a scary story from the Gospel of Luke about a man who was possessed by demons and cast out of his community to wander the cemetery. His community used the God’s Law as a weapon to exclude him from their community. God’s Law isn’t intended to be policed by the faithful but is rather a guide to being a community living the abundant life God intends for us all! When Jesus extends God’s grace to the man casting out the demons, it removes the barrier that was separating him from the life God intended. Those that witnessed this healing miracle were upset that Jesus dared share God’s love with a man who they ‘knew’ was being punished for not following their understanding of God’s Law. Paul’s letter to the Galatians reminds us that faith in Christ has freed us from the fear of the Law so that we might follow God’s plan to live as an intentional community sharing God’s love. Moving from the boundaries of a black & white understanding of Law to the freedom of Faith embracing God’s presence in the gray areas between our human imposed divisions moves us from fear to grace.
Special thanks to Emma and Alex, students on the Sr High Service Learning Trip to Colorado for reading the preaching texts for this week.

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