Dear Church,A perennial question in the Christian church through all of history has been: are we saved by grace through faith alone, or is grace through faith plus works? Faith or works? Faith plus works? Just faith? Just works? Some mystical mixture?
The text of our study this week is Acts 15:1-21, which discusses the early church's grapple with grace. They just can't seem to make sense of the shocking and staggering grace of God. Many cried out incredulously, "What do you mean all we do to be saved is believe in the the finished work of Christ?!?"
Sola Gratia, or Grace Alone is the "empty hand of faith," which illustrates the fact that we do absolutely nothing to save ourselves. We can add nothing to our salvation. We are his children because he has adopted us. We believe in God because he has given us the ability to believe in him. We love Him because he has first loved us. We are saved by grace alone. What a glorious truth!
Praying for you, Pastor Jan
Coming up at Mosaic:
Alpha: Interested in exploring Christianity? Have friends who are interested in investigating questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more? If so, join us for Alpha! Check out our website for more info. Alpha will run every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm, April 3 - May 22 on the 1st floor of Ruggles Baptist Church (corner of Park Dr. and Beacon St.). DINNER PROVIDED! The topic of conversation this week is: "How can I make the most of the rest of my life?"
Community Group Open House Dinner: Wednesday, May 29, 7pm. Ruggles Baptist Church. Are you plugged in to a community group? Join us to learn more about our community groups, meet the groups, and interact with the leaders.
Mini Mosaic Training: Interested in helping with our kids' ministry? Please plan to attend one of two upcoming training sessions to be held at our Allston location (30 Gordon St. Allston). (1) Saturday May 25 at 10:30 AM (2) Saturday June 8 at 10:30 AM
Membership Class: June 1, 2013. 9am-noon. 30 Gordon St. Allston, MA, 02134. If you're interested in officially joining the Mosaic church family as a member, please plan on attending this class.
Baptism, July 21st. Interested in getting baptized on July 21st? Email Pastor Jan: firstname.lastname@example.org