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August 16, 2015 - A City of Refuge - Numbers 35:9-15

posted Aug 24, 2015, 2:35 PM by Grant Garber
  • We live in a culture that is pretty hard on those making mistakes.
  • When we experience these overwhelming losses and great mistakes, we may grieve for a short while.  But typically, way too soon, we decide that we have to get going again.  What we mean by “get going” isn’t to get help and find healing, but to get away from the pain and hurt.  
  • This is when the running starts, and once we start, we just keep running.  If you’ve been on the run for a while, you know how much it depletes your soul.  And you understand about tired.
  • The church of Jesus Christ has inherited this calling of being a City of Refuge.  It is a place where you can come when you have made mistakes, where the only ticket to get inside is the need for grace.  And best of all, it is a place where you can finally stop running.
  • No mistake is as great as hiding behind the expectations others have of you, or of confusing carefulness for cowardliness and the refusal to take risks.
  • Some of us run because we are fleeing our past, and others of us run because we have to hustle just to meet the demands of being good.
  • On Sundays after you have run into the City of Refuge, we do the unforgivable thing here of slowing you down.  All of our worship is designed to create an atmosphere in which your tired soul can at last rest in God. 
  • None of us are here because we’ve got it all figured out.  We are all searching for the same thing – a little grace.  And in that discovery, the blessed City of Refuge, the church, is formed.
  • The church isn’t a Hole in the Wall gang of fugitives, but a community of people set free.  
  • Only those who have experienced such grace know how to be gracious to those we meet in the course of our days who are still running for their lives.  And there you find your mission.
Pastor Jim Spon | Numbers 35:9-15