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Small Group

On Thursday nights Amber and I have been leading a young twentysomethings small group.  This past week was probably one of our best discussions/studies/whatever you want to call it.  It was wonderful to have Brad, our SG pastor, and so many new friends there!  They all really brought a lot to the table!  The lesson was on substitutionary atonement (sa) and it quickly traced the beginnings of it in the Garden to the ultimate sa in Jesus.  What was so great about it was that we kept questioning/exploring things that we would normally take for granted.  Stuff like “What does justice really mean?.”  Wasn’t what Jesus did more than justice?  Something beyond and greater than justice?  We ended up agreeing that grace and mercy is more than justice.  Therefore, Jesus sacrifice cannot simply be categorized as only/just an act of justice, but is much more than that.  Since that night the words of Donald Miller in Searching for God Knows What keep whispering to me, “Christ’s death, again, was not a technicality by which we are covered with grace, but rather a passionate and inconceivable act of kindness and altruism and love stemming from God’s desire to be reunited with His creation.”

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