The Unsettling Solution for Just About Everything, Part 1: Undeserveable (Andy Stanley)
There is an unsettling solution for just about everything, and we can sum it up in one word — grace. It’s the undeserved, unearned, unearnable favor that Jesus came to offer us. So why wouldn’t we want Christianity to be true? And where should you start if it’s a word that was never part of the equation for you?
Like life, grace is not fair. Over and over Jesus leaned into and toward unrepentant sinners. He leaned toward guilty people. It was a new category. It was grace. In the person of Jesus, there was a new covenant maker in town.
John 1:14 ; Luke 23:32-43
The Unsettling Solution for Just About Everything, Part 2: Don’t Do The Math (Andy Stanley)
The kingdom of God is characterized by unsettling generosity —the kind of generosity that gives the undeserving what they don’t deserve and regardless of how unright we’ve been, makes us right with God. So what do we do when we’re faced with this math that doesn’t add up? And how do we respond to this unfair, unsettling system that Jesus came to invite us into?
From our perspective, the kingdom of God will always appear upside down. We naturally compare ourselves to standards, but grace doesn’t compare. Grace is married to truth and the truth is that we all fall short of God’s standard. This week, write “GRACE > FAIR” somewhere you’ll see it to remind you of what Jesus came to do for you—and for everyone you meet.
Luke 19:1-7 ; Matthew 20:1-15
The Unsettling Solution for Just About Everything, Part 3: Do You See What I See? (Andy Stanley)
God’s grace to us is an invitation to be amazing. It’s our chance to extend to others what God has freely extended to us. But while most of us are full of something . . . it’s usually not grace. So what are you full of? And what would it take for you to give someone what they don’t expect? Or deserve?
We are the church . . . every day . . . everywhere. And we are most appealing—the church is most appealing—when grace is most apparent. Grace is our greatest opportunity to be like our Father in heaven. Pray together as a group using Romans 5:8 to thank God for his grace and asking him to give you the same mindset as you approach your most difficult relationships and problems.
Matthew 7:3–5 ; Romans 5:8