Broken: From Mess to Message
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  • ONE*
    15601 E 24th Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99037, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
All these pieces, broken and scattered
In mercy gathered mended and whole
Empty handed but not forsaken
I’ve been set free I’ve been set free

You take our failure, You take our weakness
You set your treasure in jars of clay
So take this heart Lord, I’ll be Your vessel
The world to see Your life in me

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see

God has the ability to make your mess and my mess His message.
The Bible is full of story after story that proves this point.

· King David committed adultery with Bathsheba
· Rahab, was a well-known harlot who hid two Hebrew spies in her home in Jericho.
· The apostle Paul, murdered, imprisoned and severely beat Christians or “People of the Way” before his conversion to Christ on the road to Damascus.

God can take our mess and make it a message, IF we will give it to Him.

How could Jesus ever forgive Peter?

That’s where a lot of us get. We look at our past and present sin and believe we are just beyond the grasp of God’s grace. We say, God could never forgive what I did. God would never use me. How could He?

The answer was in the song we sang this morning, Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
What is a wretch? It refers to a despicable or contemptible person, a scoundrel, a villain, a rogue, a rascal, a reprobate, a good-for-nothing, a sinner.

We are all sinners.
In his book, What’s So Amazing About Grace, Phillip Yancey wrote: Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more—no amount of spiritual calisthenics and renunciations, no amount of knowledge gained from seminaries and divinity schools, no amount of crusading on behalf of righteous causes. And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less—no amount of racism or pride or pornography or adultery or even murder. Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love.
How could God love us like that?

His love is not based on what you do, it’s based on who God is.

You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving.
It has been three months since I started attending One. I love this church, in part, because I am loved by this church. This is the first church I have experienced being fully loved in, which is a startling fact for me since I have attended and served in churches my entire life. Even more unsettling is the fact that the one thing that kept me from being fully loved in any of my past churches…was me. I am a broken mess.

Nonetheless, God has shown me that I matter to Him through the kind ways I have been welcomed to the family here at ONE*, and I wanted to take a moment to let you know how grateful I am for a few pivotal experiences I have had with three leaders that helped me connect during these first few months. (Then he shared about 3 men who had helped him process his past and connect at ONE*)

He went on to say: You have an amazing group of men, who demonstrate to me each week what it means to be defined by who we are in Christ, rather than by the horrible circumstances of our past. I respect, and am thankful for the way you lead this church and the men who have been a very meaningful part of the hardest life trials I have ever faced.
Has something occurred in your past that keeps you from pressing into Christ? Does that experience cause you to believe that God could never use you or forgive you?

You can’t drive forward looking in the rearview mirror.

How do we stop looking in the rearview mirror?