What’s in a Name?
We believe our church’s name keeps the vision of the gospel in focus. Gracepoint comes from the passage in Bible in 1 Corinthians 15:10 where the apostle Paul defines his life by saying, “by the grace of God, I am what I am.”
The great apostle Paul could have looked at his many righteous acts, such asL healing people, casting out demons, or even being a missionary throughout Asia minor; however, he looks at himself as the “chief of sinners” and in serious need of God’s grace.
Similarly, memories of his past as one who persecuted the church could have easily been a place for him and others to point to as tarnishing to his standing before God. Instead, the Apostle Paul defines his whole being by the transforming grace of God.
The early Christian apologist and theologian Tertullian once said, “Just as Christ was crucified between two thieves, so this doctrine of justification is ever crucified between two opposite errors.” People who understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ will neither point to their own righteousness or sinfulness, but rather the amazing grace of God. Or, as made famous by Jack Miller: “Cheer up! You’re a worse sinner than you ever dared imagine, and you’re more loved than you ever dared hope.”