The Unsettling Solution - Part 2: "From Brunch to Broken"

Series: The Unsettling Solution for Just About Everything

God’s grace means there is unearned, unearnable, undeserved forgiveness for us all through Christ. And what’s more-we all need it! Often, we don’t recognize just what is being offered to us in Jesus, or what He’s really done for us. Without considering where we have been, and where Jesus meets us, we then judge others who we think are “really bad”. We resist the continued gracious hand of Jesus in our own life, as we simultaneously look down on those who are working through mess to find grace. What would it look like if we stopped trying to stifle God’s grace, and started to be moved and broken by the love of Jesus in our lives?

Speaker: Michael Wright

December 2, 2021

Michael Wright

Youth Pastor

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The Unsettling Solution for Just About Everything

Week 2: “From Brunch to Broken”

December 2 & 5, 2021

 

Luke 7:36

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.

Luke 7:37-38
 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

Luke 7:39
 
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Luke 7:40-43
 
Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.


Luke 7:44-50
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

 

Grace is never neutral.

 

Homework:

  1. Ask yourself: “Will I push back or press in to God’s grace?”
  2. Go in the peace of forgiveness God offers you in grace.

 

 

 

Group Questions:

  1. Are there areas in your life that you are hesitant to let Jesus come near to?
  2. In those areas, will you push back or press into God’s grace?
  3. Why do people try to test Jesus?
  4. What makes God’s grace so unsettling to our own ego?
  5. How is grace not neutral? What responses does it cause?
  6. Why do we have a hard time celebrating when others are experiencing God’s grace and forgiveness?
  7. Read Luke 7:39. What is at stake when we use our ego to judge sin?
  8. When was a time when you experienced the grace of God in your life?

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