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(habits of) GRACE– On October 25th we started a new series called Habits of Grace. As we develop spiritual habits in our lives there is a danger they can become regimented, robotic, or legalistic. But experiencing God’s grace is life-changing, heart-changing, and habit-changing. When we experience God’s grace it changes us, and it changes how we live. Our daily choices and habits, fueled by and focused on the grace of God, will be life-changing to us and those around us.

  • (habits of) GRACE: Including Grace In week 3 of (habits of) GRACE we talked about the including grace of God. Jesus was a radical includer across social, religious, and cultural boundaries. Ultimately, Jesus ended exclusion by the extension of GRACE through his life, death, and resurrection. He did not minimize sin but sought to include others through His own righteousness.
  • ICEBREAKER: Talk about a time that you were included in something you didn’t deserve to be. How did it make you feel?
  • Read Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit…” 
    • Included people include people in the gift of God’s grace.
    • What does it mean to you to be included in Christ?
  • Mark mentioned two traps or dangers we fall into when we talk about “inclusion” as human beings. The first was grading some sins as “in” and some as “out”. The second was to minimize or justify sin as not mattering or “Cheap Grace”.
    • (You may want to read Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:1-4 prior to discussing)
    • Which of these traps do you struggle with the most? Why?
  • Jesus ended exclusion by the extension of his GRACE not by the extinction of his Holiness.”
    • Jesus was a radical includer of people who had in excluded because of systems of exclusion or self-exclusion. Jesus included people based on their response to Him, not based on their spiritual, cultural, or political position.
      • How do you define GRACE based on this?
      • What should our response be to the radical inclusion Jesus offers us through His GRA
  • Read Mark 2:13-17
    • What most stands out to you in this narrative?
    • Who do you most identify with in the narrative? Why?
    • What does it mean to you that Jesus would include someone like Levi, not just in his kingdom, but in his inner circle? (tax collector = betrayer of his spiritual and national identity and extorter of his own people)
    • What do you think it looks like for you to FOLLOW Jesus as Levi did?
  • Included people include people in the gift of God’s grace
    • Who have you excluded intentionally or unintentionally?
  • “Evangelism is one telling another beggar where to find bread.” N.T. Wells 
    • How can you included others in the Gift of Grace? Be specific and practical!!!

*CHALLENGE: Who is God wanting you to include this week? Who do we need to call? Invite? Or share with? What are some practical things you can put in place this week?
NEXT STEPSWhat are your next steps based on this week’s message?

Memory Verse: Ephesians 1:13 “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit…” 

Sermon Scripture references: : Mark 2:13-17, Ephesians 1:13, 1 Corinthians 15:9-10, Romans 3:23, Mark 1:15, Romans 6:1-4