Paradigm Shift Sermon Series (April 8th to May 6th)
Sometimes it’s hard to change the way we think. For example, I swore I’d never eat pecan pie. It just never appealed to me. I didn’t like the way it looked. I didn’t like the way it smelled. I didn’t like the idea of eating a pie with nuts in it … pies are supposed to have fruit, for goodness sake! But then I was asked to be a judge for pie baking contest and someone submitted … you guessed it, a pecan pie! There was no way around it – I had to taste it. And my first thought was, “Where have you been all my life?” I was experiencing a paradigm shift … a 500 calorie paradigm shift.
Many people think that in order to get to God you have to do more, do better, do good. After all, God is holy and has great expectations on us. If we don’t measure up, we don’t get to God. There is a word for that kind of thinking: legalism. It’s a law-based religion. Obey the commandments and you get God. Disobey and you don’t get God. Might I suggest that if you think that way, a paradigm shift may be in order?
You see, the Bible speaks of something called grace. And grace is more than a prayer before meals, it’s an entirely different way to view God. Jesus spoke extensively about grace. He offered grace to people who had no other way to come to God because their performance would have excluded them. And the grace of God in Christ Jesus is still being offered today.
Have you read the stories of grace in the Bible? They are life changing! Starting Sunday, April 8, we begin our spring sermon series called “Paradigm Shift: Stories of Grace”. Join us and find out what it’s all about. I promise you, it’ll be better than pecan pie.