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Beautiful Mess

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elim_sermons_beautifulMess_titleIf you have a garage or shed, you most likely know what a mess looks like. Of course, no matter how big your shed is, it’s not big enough. And, the mess in your shed is usually in direct proportion to the size of your shed.  A couple of Saturday’s ago, I decided it was time to, once again, tidy up the shed in our backyard. What a mess!

Have you ever seen a beautiful mess?

I’m excited about our new series on Sunday mornings. The series is a journey through the book of 1 Corinthians called, Beautiful Mess.

The Corinthian church was messy. In 1 Corinthians, the writer Paul deals with no less than eleven different issues. There were deep divisions, sexual immorality, and deep theological confusion. But Paul is confident that God, who is faithful, will make them what they should be. So, Paul thanks God for them. He calls them saints in (1:2) and writes about the evidence of God’s grace in their lives (1:4). These messy people have a beautiful savior.

One of the key verses of 1 Corinthians is verse 9 of chapter 1 – God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Paul wants the Corinthians to understand what it means to have Jesus at the center of their story, their entire life. 1 Corinthians is calling these people, and us, back to an awareness of what it means to have fellowship with Christ.

God doesn’t give up on messy people or messy churches. We can have confidence that God is making a beautiful portrait from the puzzle of our messy lives.

Join us on Sunday morning as we unpack this beautiful mess.

Pastor Russell
Author: Pastor Russell

Pastor Russell is currently serving as the Lead Pastor at Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle. You can follow him on Twitter at @rgbartlett.