When people talk about connecting with God they usually start with praying more, singing louder or memorizing more scripture. All of those things matter but we should really start from a different place. The reality is that scripture shows it is God who pursues us with the ultimate picture of this being shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who was sent to restore our relationship with God, who takes all that we were, are and ever will be and brings us into connection with him so that we can be all we were created to be.
You weren’t created to just consume resources: to eat, breathe, take up space. God designed you and me to make a difference with our lives. You were created to add to life on earth, not just take from it. You were created to give something back to it. Every one of us was made to contribute to what God is doing for the good of this world here and now.
Something inside of us says we can do it on our own but we weren’t made to go through life alone. This is why the phrase “it’s about me and God” makes no sense. The central claim about Jesus is that he was God in flesh and it was Jesus turned to his followers and instructed them to do the same…to show what God is like in the way we live and treat others. Our desire at Southeast is we are a place where community is discovered and where we can experience authentic, vulnerable, honest, loving, giving, encouraging community.
A follower of Jesus named Paul said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me- the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”- Acts 20:24. Paul made this idea of God’s grace, the idea that God looked at us as we were and as we are and instead focused on what we could be, and he made it the central theme of his life. We desire for GRACE to be at the center of who we are as a church; a place where we invite everyone to experience the love and mercy of a God who desires for everyone to become who God created them to be.