Dear Church, In Romans 5:20, Paul pens the radical words “where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” Many believers, it seems, have conveniently stopped reading Paul’s letter at this verse. For instance, the Russian monk Rasputin is a famous historical example of “grace gone wild.” Rasputin, who dominated the Romanov family in their final year, taught that salvation came through repeated experiences of sin and repentance. He argued that because those who sin more require more forgiveness, those who sin with abandon will as they repent experience greater joy; therefore it is the believer’s duty to sin.
Christians are by no means immune from the temptation to slip from a celebration of grace to an abuse of grace. Some believers become complacent about sin because, after all, God is gracious and will forgive. In practice at least, we echo the French skeptic Voltaire: “God will forgive; that is his ‘business’.” Scripture teaches, however, that grace doesn't just save us from the penalty of sin, but it also saves us from the power of sin over our lives. Join us tomorrow as we learn about the freedom grace offers, particularly in relation to sexuality.
Praying for you, Pastor Jan
Community Group Open House Dinner: Wednesday, May 29, 7pm. Ruggles Baptist Church. Are you plugged in to a community group? Join us to learn more about our community groups, meet the groups, and interact with the leaders.
Memorial Day cookout! Monday, 11:45am at 30 Gordon St. Allston, MA, 02134. Bring something yummy to share!
Mini Mosaic Training: Interested in helping with our kids' ministry? Please plan to attend one of two upcoming training sessions to be held at our Allston location (30 Gordon St. Allston). Saturday June 8 at 10:30 AM
Membership Class: June 1, 2013. 9am-noon. 30 Gordon St. Allston, MA, 02134. If you're interested in officially joining the Mosaic church family as a member, please plan on attending this class.
Baptism, June 23rd and July 21st. Interested in getting baptized on July 21st? Email Pastor Jan: email@example.com
Community groups: Our weekly small groups meet for Bible study and prayer. Sign up on Sunday! Or sign up here.