To see every woman at CrossPointe Coast informed and transformed by the power of the Gospel for the glory of God, loving one another, strengthened and encouraged in their daily walk with Jesus, and equipped to share this glorious Gospel with others.
Reconciled. Perhaps this word conjures up in you a happy feeling, remembering that relationship that you thought was lost forever but was restored through an honest conversation, repentance, forgiveness, and tears. Or maybe you think instead of unfinished business, that friend who was once close and is now far off, and you long for reconciliation.
Human relationships are messy. Complicated. At either end, there is a sinful human being. Sometimes we think of reconciliation and, humanly speaking, feel that it is just too hard. Impossible even. Reconciliation takes humility. The ability to say, “I was wrong, and I’m sorry. Please forgive me.” Reconciliation takes effort. It takes the first step of someone to try to move toward relationship knowing that the efforts could end up wasted, misinterpreted, or scorned. And on the offended side, it takes the humility of true forgiveness – not bearing a grudge, not holding on to past hurts.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, the he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
In Paul’s day, one of the clearest cultural and religious divisions was the one that existed between Gentile and Jew. The Jews, after all, were the people specifically chosen by God, given the law and covenants, granted the presence of God Himself in the temple. The Gentiles, well, were Gentiles. Uncircumcised, existing outside of God’s covenant, received into the people of God on provisional terms. They could be accepted into the Israelite nation, but not fully. A Gentile would never rise to the position of priest or prophet or king. They would have to limit their worship to the outer courts of the temple.
But now in Christ Jesus…
God had a huge surprise in store for Jew and Gentile – the work of Christ on the cross brought both the Gentile and the Jew near to God! He made such a complete peace that Jew and Gentile could now be one new man in Christ! He broke down hostile walls of law-keeping, killing the enmity between two irreconcilable groups of people. Jesus is the Great Reconciler! He reconciled sinners to God and he reconciled sinners to sinners by making them siblings!
For those who have been reconciled to God in Christ, the incredibly great news is that we have already been reconciled to each other! We do not need to grovel, do penance, beat ourselves in our efforts to reconcile to other believers. Rather, by faith, we remember together that in Christ, we are already, each of us, reconciled to God. We are sitting at the same table of grace and, in humility, we come to each other asking forgiveness for offenses caused and freely offering forgiveness when offended because we recall that our sin toward our brother or sister is first against God, and he has already made our reconciliation complete! We think about the disunity in our current cultural context, and we are quickly overwhelmed by the complexities of the tensions. But if God has reconciled Jew and Gentile – impossible! – we see that in Christ the work has been done to make one new man in place of the two for those with seemingly irreconcilable differences in our own current broader context, who are both saved by grace.
This year, the theme for the Women’s Discipleship ministry will be “Reconciled.” We’d like to look into God’s Word to see what Jesus has done to accomplish reconciliation to God for sinners. We’d like to hear from you – how has God done a good work in one of your relationships to reconcile you to another person? How ought the reconciling work of Christ change us as we consider relationships with other believers? How about with unbelievers?
We’d like to provide opportunities to fellowship together throughout the year and help one another know Jesus. We hope to encourage the women of CrossPointe Coast to gather in groups of 2-4 to consistently read the Word, pray together, and encourage one another in godliness. We plan to offer some studies throughout the year to dig deeper together, both over Zoom and in person. We have reserved the Connection Room the first Saturday morning of every month from 8:30-10:00 so that we can gather and discuss a passage of scripture or a contemporary issue from a Christian worldview in a casual, conversational setting. We encourage you, if you do not have a community group, please seek to join one so that you and your household can be cared for and discipled together. And we have also planned a few Friday evenings at local parks to gather to fellowship. We want to know our Reconciling Savior better and run to him together – will you run with us?
The Women’s Discipleship Team