Two Truths in Tension


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Beautifully Broken: Our Story in Christ

Sep 08, 2019 | Clint Tolbert

Two Truths in Tension

The gospel message sits on two fundamental truths that we must affirm and hold in tension if we are going to fully receive the good news of the gospel into our life. Truth #1 - Each person is beautifully created in the image of God. Truth #2 - The image of God in every person has been broken. The story of the gospel recognizes that we are “Beautifully Broken” people who have been redeemed and put together as the Church to beautifully reflect the glory of God in the world and to carry out his mission.

Music:  "One Faith, One Hope, One Lord" by Craig Courtney

Series Information

Artwork has the ability to powerfully tell a story.  A picture can communicate a message in ways that words alone cannot.  For this reason, we are grateful for the opportunity our congregation has to celebrate our 200-year story through a community art project.

Not only does this glass mosaic art project enable us to commemorate our anniversary, it also provides the opportunity to celebrate something even greater.  A mosaic is made by redeeming broken pieces of glass or stone and putting them together to make something beautiful. Could there me a more perfect symbol for the Church?  The Church is a gathering of broken people, who have been redeemed by Jesus and brought together by the power of the Holy Spirit, to reflect the glory of God the Father. In this way, the art project not only gives us an opportunity to remember our 200 years together, but it also provides a moment to reconsider God's work in and through our lives.  As we are working on the project over the next few weeks, we will also be reflecting on the story of the gospel working in and through First Pres Maumee in a new sermon series entitled, "Beautifully Broken."