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Terre Haute

Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

Worship Service

January 10, 2021

Call To Worship

   AWESOME GOD”

Opening Prayer

“BREATHE”

“HE IS EXALTED”

       Prayers of Intercession 

Worship Offering

Sermon: DON AUXIER

ANOTHER MIGHTY ANGEL No More Delay; Revelation 10

Closing Song

“IN HIS TIME”

Closing Prayer

MISSION STATEMENT

Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Grow in His Grace and Knowledge

Share the Love and Hope we have in Jesus

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Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.

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Living Beyond the Formula

Jesus > You + X (all your dos) + Y (all your dont’s)!

by Jordan Harrell (02/02/2020) | Just for Women

Dear Church People,

I used to be a math teacher. You might think, based on this whole writing gig, I would have been an English or Reading teacher… neh eh. I just cannot grade all those essays with all those words.

Me? I really like a clear formula. I like a DEFINITE right or wrong answer, no wondering, no questioning. I like that 2+2=4 and will always equal 4. I will never have to ponder if it’s right or wrong. It’s black and white. Objective. You can’t argue it.

I grew up in a faith that loved itself a clear formula. I grew up knowing all the rights and all the wrongs, all the dos and all the don’ts, all the get-into-heavens and all the heading-straight-for-hells.

Don’t sing with instruments.

Don’t dance. (You’ll get pregnant.)

Don’t clap.

Don’t drink a DROP of alcohol. (You’ll get pregnant again.)

Don’t cuss.

Don’t have sex. (For obvious aforementioned reasons.)

But seriously, don’t touch boys.

And I get it. It was a formula. It was a simple, easy-to-follow, surefire way to determine an outcome.

X (all the dos) > Y (all the don’ts) = Z (eternity in heaven)

It’s simple. Easy to understand. No gray areas.

So I grew up tallying marks for and against, learning blacks and whites, and always worrying whether my X > Y.

Jesus continued:

“Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile [that person], but what comes out of [that person’s] mouth, that is what defiles…” (Matthew 15:10-11).

Rules taught by men = The Formula

I have a feeling the formula isn’t working for you. Maybe you can’t figure it out, or the anxiety of it all is pressing down against you, or you feel like you’re buried in Ys and will never be able to stack up enough Xs to climb out, to make you feel like you’re worthy.

Or maybe you feel like you’ve mastered the formula but in the meantime have found it hard to connect with people. And your heart feels less full of joy and more full of anger and resentment because the world is going to hell in a handbasket and IF EVERYONE WOULD JUST LIVE THE WAY YOU DID…

Jesus is saying that what you do or don’t do, what you DID or DIDN’T DO, isn’t what makes you unclean. It isn’t what sanctifies you, purifies you, or makes you worthy of love or redemption or heaven.

It’s your heart.

And you know how to make your heart clean? Well, YOU can’t. You cannot cleanse yourself. But if you bind yourself, attach yourself like a vine is connected to a branch, your fruit will be good, your heart will transform. You will produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

If you can’t see the production of those things in your life, it’s time to reattach.

If you see a sinner and your initial reaction is fear and condemnation rather than love and compassion, it’s time to reattach.

If you feel angry at everyone, it’s time to reattach.

And probably detach from social media because this place will not always restore your hope in humanity.

And for those of you who still need a formula, here’s a fool-proof one:

Jesus > You + X (all your dos) + Y (all your dont’s)!

[Jesus told his disciples,] “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing [NOTHING!!]. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:5-8).

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