2. A Community of Grace
Salvation by grace is the crucial foundation of Christianity, distinguishing it from all other world religions. But how does grace affect community? The famous parable of the prodigal sons shows that sin and self-righteousness inevitably destroy community but that the grace of God creates community—a community marked by love, diversity, and humility. Passages cited in this message include Luke 15:11-32, Romans 15:7, Romans 14:13, Ephesians 4:2, Ephesians 4:32, Isaiah 53:6, and Joel 3:13.