North Pointe has become known as the “come as you are” church on 167 Avenue in Edmonton.
Why do we say, “Come as you are?”
We take our cues from Jesus and He said, “Come to me all who are loaded down with burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
That’s an invitation to “all” – the faithful followers, the non-religious, the burned out, the discouraged, the good, the bad, the overachiever, and the _________ (you fill in the blank).
“Come as you are” is an invitation to trust people at North Pointe to receive you with open arms, because Jesus would do the same. He won’t give you added burdens. He’ll exchange your burdens for rest.
The kind of “rest” Jesus offers is grace-filled, forgiving, merciful.
Grace shapes everything we believe and do at North Pointe.
5 Things That Make Grace So Amazing
1. Grace is God’s best idea. Grace means we can stop trying to be perfect. We can rest.
From the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.” Grace is not about what I need to do for God – its about what God has done for me. Its all one-sided – God to you. Grace is
2. Grace offers me forgiveness, helps me forgive others, and helps me forgive myself. Is there anything more powerful than forgiveness freely given? “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That’s a reviving prayer to receive and to pray.
3. Grace is completely accepting. Grace means I can come to God just as I am. God accepts me just as I am. I live for God just as I am. I accept others for who they are. Acceptance is transformative.
Grace creates vulnerability, colour-blindness, and joy in abundance. Grace-based families grow relationships where people are consistently loved unconditionally.
4. Grace is getting more than you deserve. Grace is the opposite of mercy. Mercy means we get less than we deserve when it comes to punishment. Grace means we receive more than we deserve…more favour, blessings, provision, ministry, opportunities, etc.
5. Grace seems too good to be true. “I want desperately to know that this can be true for me, but I don’t now how to believe it or how to live in it. It seems to be good to be true. I don’t really know how to receive such love.”
“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 That means before you did anything for God He did everything for you. He died for you and was raised from the dead for you. He offers his grace freely.
Its yours to receive, freely.
And then give away, freely.
Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give.”
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