A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

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O Lord, It’s Hard to Be Humble

Luke 17:1-10 Pride is a danger that even the most mature Christians face. Since this is the case, and because it is so destructive – Jesus teaches his followers to be humble, and he does so without even using the word. First, Jesus teaches that his followers will be humbly aware of giving offence – of causing others to stumble. This is…

The Showoff and the Beggar

Luke 16:19-31 In this parable Jesus illustrates for his hearers (which includes us) the consequences of rejecting God and his word. To set up the main teaching of the parable Jesus tells us about two men who stood in vivid contrast to one another in life and death. In life the in-named rich man had it all, loved to show his wealth…

The Heart of the Law: A Case Study

Luke 16:14-18 Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for making the law about a checklist of external actions.  Instead, the law is, and always has been, about people having a heart of obedience.  Jesus uses divorce as an example of how the Pharisees have twisted the law to think they are obeying it, while doing the opposite of what God has said he wills.

Investing Money God’s Way

Luke 16:1-13 In an interesting twist, Jesus’ uses the cunning of a unfaithful manager to illustrate that oftentimes the world is more cunning and creative with their use of resources than are believers. This reminds us that 1) We are only managers of God’s resources and therefor must use it for his glory, 2) The we should be creative and plan wisely…

A Prodigal Father with a Dutiful (but Lost) Son

Why is it, when we have such a gracious and loving God, that many do not turn to him?… This parable reminds us [that] many are filled with self-righteousness and don’t really think they need God’s grace. Yes, they know there is a God, and they might even acknowledge him before others and claim to belong to him – but like the older brother and the Pharisees whom he symbolized – it is possible to know about God yet not know of your need for him – it is possible to know him but not be in a relationship with him

A Prodigal Father with a Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-24 In this first half of the parable of the prodigal (meaning “wasteful and reckless”) son, we are reminded of the prodigal (meaning “lavish and extravagant”) love and grace of God. In verses 11-20a the focus is on the prodigal. In these verses we see his rebellious heart (in which he selfishly asks for his inheritance), his reckless living (where he…

Every Member Going into the World

Acts 1:1-11 Every Member is called to go into the world as Christ’s witnesses. To do so we must remember the Resource for our Primary Mission is the Holy Spirit. It is as we draw on and walk in the Spirit that we find the strength and grace to share the gospel with others. The Content of our Primary mission – what…