We admit it: Grace Church isn’t perfect.
We’re full of messy people. Our volunteers, staff members, and leaders don’t have it all together. In fact, every one of them is a sinner.
The people who attend Grace services? They’re sinners, too: drunks, addicts, adulterers, liars, gossipers, gluttons, abusers, selfish, jealous, and divisive – and worse.
But we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Why We Want To Be A Messy Church
We want to be a messy church because we want to be like Jesus, who went to the messy people.
Jesus cares so much about imperfect people that He left heaven and came to earth (1 Timothy 1:15).
Jesus spent time with the needy, flawed, and diseased. He didn’t isolate Himself from common, everyday people who realized they needed a change in their lives. The same way a doctor is moved to heal the sick, Jesus came to earth to heal the imperfect (Matthew 9:10-13).
Church isn’t a place of perfection, but of progress.
A Church For Sinners
The Church cannot be concerned with maintaining an image of perfection if we want to obey Jesus. Jesus has never been afraid to embrace the controversy of associating with the wrong crowd.
The Church was created for imperfect people. It exists to help imperfect people meet Jesus and follow Him step by step. Our imperfections are not projects to fix, but opportunities to see a miracle.
Each of us has a story about how Jesus met us in our mess and has been changing us from the inside out.
We can’t fix each other, but we can support, correct, and encourage each other. Jesus removes our sins and we learn to live in the freedom He’s given us by His death on a cross and resurrection from an empty tomb (Romans 6:6-8).
No Perfect People Allowed
For any church (or person) to claim perfection would be a scandal. Church isn’t a place of perfection, but of progress. We make progress when we listen to Jesus and do what He says (Philippians 3:13-14).
Once we’ve met Jesus, our lives never stay the same. We were stuck in our imperfection, but God doesn’t leave us there. When we come to Jesus admitting we’re flawed and struggling with sin, He forgives us and takes over our lives so we learn to do life His way. God’s mercy covers all our mistakes (Isaiah 55:6-7).
As we take our next steps in our walks with Jesus, people notice. The closer we follow Jesus’ example, the more we will attract people far from God. No one is too controversial or scandal-ridden for God’s grace.
If you’re looking for a safe, perfect church, sorry. We’re not it. We’re a work in progress but God isn’t done with us. We’ve got a lot of flaws, but He’s got even more patience.
However, if you’re looking for a church full of imperfect people who struggle but take one step at a time with Jesus, you’ve found us.
We’re glad to have you.
Grace Church believes the Bible is the Inspired, Infallible and Inerrant Word of God. For more of our beliefs you can message us for our Articles of Faith.