Psalm 23.

By Rev. Jeff Gannon, Senior Pastor

The “earning God’s favor” false narrative goes like this: “Love and forgiveness are commodities that are exchanged for performance.  God’s love, acceptance and forgiveness must be merited by right living.  What God most wants is for us not to sin and instead to do good.”  This is a half-true narrative.  True, God does not want us to sin and God does want us to do well.  But that is because sin harms us and acts of goodness are healing to us and to others.  God extends his generosity to us even when we are sinful, we call it grace, and it cannot be earned. How does our culture support the narrative of earning? How have you felt this pressure?

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