Welcome to episode 12 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let's talk about sameness, conformity, community, and building our lives on a better foundation. Religion equates sameness with community. It tells us that if we're all the same, believing all the same things, and acting out life in all the same ways, life is good. But when we start to think independently of that reasoning and the Holy Spirit starts us on a different journey, causing us to re-think what we used to assume was correct, we become a threat to those who equate sameness with community and we find ourselves outside of the group we used to be a part of.
Genuine community requires honest conversation in an environment that is safe to express differences and changes in our own journey, while being allowed to be ourselves and openly question what was once assumed.
Other topics we explore in this episode:
- The forgiveness of sin
- Am I simultaneously justified and a sinner? Is there a part of me that is still in sin? Who am I in Jesus?
- Resting in Jesus' finished work
- Reading Scripture in context
- Old Covenant/New Covenant
- Spiritual fruit
- Sermon application
- Star Trek