Grace is Greater

Grace is Greater

March 2018 - April 2018

Grace is greater ... do you really believe it? Is grace greater than mistakes, circumstances, hurts, weakness or even the grave? Don't miss this powerful journey toward Easter! Join us for this message series Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Sermons in this series
Sun, Apr 08, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 44 mins
Grace is Greater week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 8, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Grace is greater than anything you walked in the door with this morning. And that takes us to our final emphasis for this series which is that God’s… Grace is Greater than our Circumstances Now what exactly are we talking about when we use the word circumstances? We’re talking about those things that happen around us. We sometimes like to think that we have more control then we do but in reality many of the things that happen around us are far outside of our control. When it comes right down to it, we don’t get to choose a lot of what happens in the circumstances around us. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 We think that if something would just change in our circumstances THEN we could be thankful and joyful. This is the happiness illusion that so many people buy into. We spend so much of our lives thinking that happiness will be determined by changed circumstances, and then we end up always having something to feel miserable about because there is always something that we want to change that we can’t change. 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 Grace is what allows us to look at our circumstances, whatever we experience, whatever the situation might be, and still be thankful, still be joyful. It’s us being able to recognize that what we have received by God’s grace is so much greater than anything we experience in our circumstances. Hebrews 12:15 This gets at the very heart of what kind of church we are striving to be together. We can be like a lot of other churches where people come trying to put on the best front possible so that they look all together and impressive from an outward perspective. We can do that and be primarily concerned with what other people think of us. OR we can do things differently. We can choose to put what God thinks of us before what others think of us. We can choose to be real and vulnerable instead so that we make room for God’s grace to show up in amazing ways. We can be open about our brokenness and the messiness of our lives so that others can relate to us and see the hope that we have in our God even IN THE MIDST of our challenging circumstances. If we do that, then people don’t miss out on the grace of God, they see it in all of its power and action and they are drawn to it and want to experience it for and in their own lives. There’s something beautiful that happens when people finally get that this life isn’t about them but instead it’s about a greater purpose of seeing God at work in us and through us so that the rest of the world is drawn to Him. And that only happens when Grace is shown in all of its beauty and power. SPA MINISTRIES: www.spaministryhomes.org
Sun, Apr 01, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 32 mins
Grace is Greater week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 1, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Today, all around the world, billions of people are celebrating Easter. It is the most celebrated event in history. It is the central event of history. All of history is divided into A.D. and B.C. by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So what's the big deal about Easter? I’ll tell you what the big deal about Easter is. It’s the best comeback story of all time! Nothing even comes close! What we’ve been talking about in this series these last few weeks has been that God’s grace is greater than anything we or anybody else can throw at it. Grace is greater than _________ *whatever you put on the other side of the equation, it’s bigger It’s greater than your mistakes…. greater than your weaknesses…. greater than your insecurities…greater than your sin….. greater than your shame…. greater than your infirmities…greater than your needs… and greater than your inabilities. And what we learn from the story of Easter is that in addition to all of these amazing things… Grace is greater than the Grave Easter teaches you that… 1. You are not enough… You are not enough. Plain and simple. One day you're going to stand before God and He’s going to decide if you will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Romans 3:23 1. You are not enough…. but Jesus is This is where God’s amazing love for us enters the picture. This is where God looked at our situation and realized that there was absolutely no chance that you and I could get to Him in our own efforts…. so God came up with another plan… and that plan was Jesus… a plan where we are able to be in God’s presence because of what Jesus would do on our behalf. John 17:3 2. You are never beyond His reach Some of us are convinced that we have done too much, that he have burned too many bridges with God, that we have things in our past that we are so ashamed of that we can’t possibly be helped. But God will NEVER look at you and think that you are too far gone to be saved. 3. This life is not just about you We get in trouble when we look at life from a self-centered perspective…when it becomes all about us and what we want and what we can do. We get in trouble when we believe we can do it on our own. How many of us live our lives that way? 4. You have a choice to make God will never force you to make a decision for Him. He has given you free will and you get to make your choices. But make sure you realize the ultimate consequences for making those choices. Romans 10:9 Revelation 3:20 Whatever your story is… Grace is greater than ________, whatever it is that you put on the one side of the equation, God’s grace is still greater. And He wants you to understand that at the deepest part of who you are so that your story can be redeemed and used for His purposes.
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 31 mins
Grace is Greater week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 25, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. When we started this series, we looked at a verse in the book of Hebrews in the New Testament that gives us this straightforward directive…. Hebrews 12:15 In this series we are focusing on the truth that God’s grace is bigger than anything you walked through the doors with this morning. This week I want to focus on how… Grace is Greater than our Weaknesses 2 Corinthians 11:21-23 Throughout Scripture we see Paul view himself in a very humble and simple way. In fact on several occasions he simply refers to himself as a slave for Christ. He acknowledges that he had a very impressive resume. He had a fantastic education and he has all the right credentials. It would have been easy for him to be proud and confident in his own strengths. But he also talks about how God gave him a “thorn in the flesh” , a weakness, so that he would be dependent on God. 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Let me ask you this…. how well do you celebrate your weaknesses? We don’t celebrate our weaknesses do we? Our tendency is to run from them. Our tendency is to hide them the best we can. Our tendency is to try to compensate by focusing on our strengths. Celebrating our weaknesses is pretty much a foreign idea for us. Grace is greater than our Infirmities (Physical or mental weakness) Grace is Greater than our Insecurities 2 Corinthians 1:8 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 Grace is Greater than our Inabilities Acts 4:13 Are you aware of your weaknesses? A lot of times the people around us know our weaknesses but we have trouble recognizing them. We have a hard time admitting them to ourselves. We don’t like being vulnerable. But here’s the problem with that… God’s grace meets us at that point of vulnerability. If you want to truly experience God’s grace then you have to be willing to be vulnerable.
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 43 mins
Grace is Greater week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 18, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Now we love the idea of receiving grace, don’t we…. but today we’re going to flip the coin… and we’re going to talk about messy grace. It’s fun to talk about receiving God’s grace, but when we’re talking about GIVING grace, that can be a lot tougher. Grace is only grace if it goes both ways I love this quote from pastor Kyle Idelman. It perfectly sums up this idea of grace going both ways. Here is what he says… “The extent to which we are willing to GIVE grace reveals the extent to which we have RECEIVED grace.” Matthew 18:21-35 You and I have to be honest enough with ourselves to recognize that what we owe God is far greater than anything anybody owes us. Pastor Jean Larroux sums it up well when he says these words… “If the biggest sinner you know isn’t you, then you don’t know yourself very well.” 1 Timothy 1:15 I want to give you a few more reminders about grace related to our topic today of offering grace to others. 1. Grace is greater than repayment – “They have to make it right” Matthew 18:27 2. Grace is greater than revenge – “I’m going to hurt the person the way that I’ve been hurt” Matthew 18:27 3. Grace is greater than resentment – “I’m going to quietly become more and more angry” The key to giving grace is to stop thinking about what’s been done TO you, and start thinking about what Jesus has done FOR you.
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
by Chris Russell
Duration: 44 mins
Grace is Greater week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 11, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Did you know that every year new words are added to our dictionary? Because of such things as advances in technology, medicine, politics, sports and popculture , new words are needed to describe new things or new concepts. Last year, the Miriam Webster Dictionary alone added 30 new words that have become so regulary used in our day-to-day dealing with one another that they were officially recognized as their own words. These new words added included “binge-watching”, “photobomb”, “safe space”, “side-eye”, “weak sauce”, and even the expression “yowsa.” Different dictionaries have added different words through the years as they see them being relevant and used frequently. Here are a few that have made it through the years, see if you can figure out what they probably mean before I give you their definitions… Blamestorming - Sitting in a group and discussing who is responsible for the company’s problems instead of trying to solve them Intaxication - The euphoria of getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to begin with Phonesia - Act of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer Disconfect - The attempt to sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it On the flip side of new words is how we tend to not pay very close attention to words that have been around for a long, long time. The reality is when it comes to familiar words with familiar meanings we tend to overlook them, we don’t pay attention to them, we just assume we understand them. In this series, let’s approach one particular word like we’ve never heard it before – Set aside what you have thought about it and hear it for the first time with new ears… because while it is a word that we are fairly familiar with, and use from time to time, we miss the POWER of it all the time. So my hope is that after this 5 week series we all have a much deeper understanding of it then we have right now. That one word we are going to redefine for all of us is GRACE. In this series, let’s approach one particular word like we’ve never heard it before – Set aside what you have thought about it and hear it for the first time with new ears… because while it is a word that we are fairly familiar with, and use from time to time, we miss the POWER of it all the time. So my hope is that after this 5 week series we all have a much deeper understanding of it then we have right now. That one word we are going to redefine for all of us is GRACE. Hebrews 12:15 Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23 Romans 5:12 Romans 5:15 Romans 5:16-18 Religion: Our attempt to earn God’s favor by following certain rules and regulations Religion Grace Keyword: Do Done Focus: Outward Inward Foundation: Rules Relationships Motivation: Shame Gratitude Feeling: Fear/Frustration Freedom Outcome: Pride/Guilt Love Grace is GREATER than religion! “Grace can be dissected like a frog, but the thing dies in the process.” Story from John 8 Two things Jesus teaches us in this story… 1. Grace is greater than your secret. 2. Grace is greater than your shame Jesus wants the broken rose, and there’s a word for that, and it’s GRACE.

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65154 County Road 21
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