For those who want a changed life, what’s the greatest news in the world? “You died.” In Christ. With Christ, when He was crucified. The Cross is the end of our old identity and destiny. The Cross is the end of our old slavery.
Jesus died to make “satisfaction” for our sins. Satisfaction? What does that mean? It means that Jesus fully, truly, completely, and perfectly did everything necessary for our salvation. Christ our Substitute died; God’s wrath and righteousness was fully satisfied. Understanding this is a critical part of living a cross-centered life.
Each of our lives is centered on something. What’s at the center of yours? The Bible invites us into what can be described as a “cross-centered life” — a life for which the death of Jesus Christ is the defining event, the identity-shaping reality. In this 4-week sermon series — called, “A Cross-Centered Life” — we’ll be looking at the meaning of the cross of Jesus Christ and its implications for our daily life. First up: the concept of Substitution. Jesus died not for himself, but for us — in the place of sinners. What happens when that story rests at the center of your life?
You can learn a lot about an organization—it’s priorities and values—by the leadership roles it creates and the kind of people that fill them. So, what do we learn about the Church—about Jesus, its founder, and the salvation he brings—as we examine the roles of elders, deacons, and deaconesses? When seeking to discern whether God is calling us or others into such roles of leadership in the church, it’s important to understand from Scripture what God calls them to do, whom God calls, and how He calls them.
When Jesus teaches about leadership, he says, “You want to be a leader? You want to know what kind of leader to follow? Leadership in my kingdom looks like this”—and just when you expect him to point to a successful business woman or visionary non-profit leader or charismatic elected official, he points to a waiter. Here he comes, bringing you your third refill of Diet Coke. This is servant-leadership.
Right now, wherever you’re reading this sentence, answer this question: Where are you? Sounds like a trick question. Actually it’s a profoundly theological one. After all, you are … somewhere. You are located in a place—it’s how God made us—and called to be present in a place, rooted in a place, committed to a place. Because places matter to God. Most would agree that God cares about people. Do you know that God also cares about places? As a “neighborhood church,” we are committed to living in light of this reality.
Joshua 14:1; 15:1–12 »
Our vision for building a “cross-cultural community” involves much more than addressing racism and exclusion. But this much is true: There can be no “cross-cultural community” without addressing those realities. We do that today by looking at a fascinating story in the book of Number. There we learn about the dynamics of racism, the problem with racism, and the healing of racism. Let’s take a look.
What does it mean to say that we long to be (and become) a “spiritually diverse” community? It means we’re committed to walking with those with honest questions and doubts about the Christian faith. We will strive to create a welcoming and “safe” environment where people of a range of spiritual backgrounds can meaningfully encounter God through Jesus Christ. It means we want to love our friends and neighbors in the way that Paul and Barnabas loved the people of Lystra in Acts 14. Let’s take a look.
What’s our church’s vision? Today we consider our commitment to community. One aspect of community formation is growing in our affection—the warmth of fondness that results from carrying someone in your heart—toward one another. Affection? What is it? How do we do it? In this extended greeting at the end of his letter to Roman Christians, the apostle Paul illustrates the power of gospel affection.
What’s the mission of Grace Meridian Hill? As we kick off the fall season, we’re looking at different “stories” in scripture to help answer that question. First up? A well-known parable—often called, “The Prodigal Son”—which tells us about a God who runs out to his “Younger Sons” and his “Older Sons,” bringing them home to himself. This is a God of stunning grace.