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WHY WE SAY “COME AS YOU ARE”

By July 30, 2014 4 Comments

North Pointe is known as the “come as you are” church on 167 Avenue in Edmonton.

Why do we say, “Come as you are?”

More Than A Welcome

We take our cues from Jesus. 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 anyone and everyone – the burned out, the discouraged, the good, the bad, the overachiever, the non-religious, and the _________ (you fill in the blank).

“Come as you are” is an invitation to freedom because that’s what Jesus offers. He doesn’t give added burdens. He gives rest.

The kind of “rest” Jesus provides is more than the refreshing of a good night’s sleep. Its rest for your soul.

Its called “‘grace.”npc2016jan30019

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.

On 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.

2. Grace offers me forgiveness, helps me forgive others, and helps me forgive myself. Is there anything more powerful than forgiveness? “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

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 transformational.

Grace creates vulnerability, color-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 favor, 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 Jesus He did everything for you. He died for you and was raised from the dead for you. He offers his grace freely.

Grace is yours to receive, freely.

And then give away, freely.

APPLICATION: Drop in any Sunday morning at North Pointe or at North Pointe’s mid-week’s ministries. You will find rest for your soul. Please leave a comment below. Thank you.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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  • Tammy says:

    2 Corinthians 12:9
    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  • bob jones says:

    Thank you Tammy for sharing your verse. Let us know if the verse is a timely encouragement to you.

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    Wonderfully written! I read each point carefully, Pastor Bob and what kept going over in my mind was grace was the greatest sacrifice our Heavenly Father has given us. He created us in His Image and gave us a choice in our lives. When I think of how some of my choices must have let Him down, I am so grateful to Jesus, His son who paid the price for my sins. This grace is filled with His mercy and love for us. I thank Him for that and I thank Him for paying the price for me.
    ……, mercy and grace shall follow me all the days of of my life and I shall live in the house of The Lord forever”
    What a huge price! What great mercy and Grace! Eternity with our Lord! His blood covers our sin. Great Love like that we shall never see!
    All He asks of us is to go into ALL the world and tell everyone about that…….
    MERCY, GRACE AND LOVE!
    We forget the small request from our Lord yet He has already paid the unmeasurable price!
    Thank you for shaking my thoughts. Wonderful !
    Grace, Grace, God’s Grace
    Grace that will pardon and cleanse within.
    Grace, Grace, God’s Grace
    Grace that is greater than all our sins.

  • bob jones says:

    Thank you Carole for expanding on how amazing God’s grace is. Glad you know it in reality and not just theology.

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