Livin' the Dream (Authenticity)
"We value being a community where imperfect people worship a perfect God.”
Ephesians 2:1-9 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Everyone must come to terms that our inherit nature is evil. Cf. Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12; 3:23; 1 John 1:8
Lack of authenticity is the death of real connection—to God, the church, and the world.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 5:13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, Cf. 1 John 1:7
Authenticity allows us to grow in grace.
God’s grace meets where we are, but it doesn’t leave us there. That grace is then extended in community with others. Cf. Titus 3:1-7