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Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

8/16/17

Gospel R&R: Reconciliation

Sunday we began a new series on our vision statement, "bringing Gospel Renewal and Reconciliation to our community." This isn't our vision for East Cobb, it's God's. Out of God's gracious nature, he devotes himself to renewing his creation, beginning by granting new life to mankind through faith in Jesus. For those who turn to Jesus, the Spirit of God begins to transform them into the image of Christ. This powerful dynamic takes those being transformed and makes them agents of transformation.

This week we'll continue the series by focusing on Gospel Reconciliation. Paul says, "in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself..." (2 Cor. 5:19). God reconciled us by paying our debt to himself, as Paul says, "not counting their trespasses against them..." By removing our debt we can know what it means to be human by living in covenant with God. One application of this is how we view other people. We see people from God's perspective removing prejudice but creating a new favorable prejudice.

Paul expands the teaching on reconciliation saying that God entrusted us, "...with the message of reconciliation" (2 Cor. 5:19). Our restored relationship with God includes a service that we perform for our neighbors; we lead the way in reconciliation within our community. One outgrowth of this is the church's ability to apply the Gospel to heal relationships. We should be black belts in peace-making!

This is God's vision for His church to experience and develop Gospel reconciliation. This is our vision for ECPC.

So, come Sunday, and let's consider God's work of reconciliation.

~Pastor Tim