The challenge of always providing a unique and different type of topic for our ATB Sunday class is one that requires some deep thought, prayer and sometimes a sign from Him that it is right. This morning I got that confirmation that what I was thinking was what He wanted. Dusty begins his series on Grace next Sunday, and to complement that we will begin a study in November.
Our new series beginning on Sunday, November 3rd is based on Max Lucado's book "Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Can Imagine". After hearing of Dusty's plans and reading the glowing promo of Max's book with words from such as Charles Stanley, Louie Gigglio, and Franklin Graham, and knowing how many people struggle with understanding the real meaning of God's grace, I truly believe this will be a wonderful eye opener for us. Here is the official book promo:
"Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious, a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings and pre-meal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means. But do we really understand it? Have we settled for whimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response.
When asked "Do you believe in grace?", who could say no?
Max Lucado asks a greater question, Have you been changed by grace?"
This book comes with participant books for the study and goes for about 12 chapters. Combined with Dusty's series it will give us a chance to explore and dialogue about that exact question, have we been changed by grace? In my own life, this is the one single thing that has worked me through lack of self-worth, unforgiveness, resentments, anger, and the compelling need to always get things right. It is the main attribute of God that has led me to shed the worst attributes of Glenn.
Join us again, November 3rd at 10:15 AM as we embark upon this new journey that promises great personal discovery!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.