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Sioux Falls Gratia Sunday Service "Your Righteousness Must Exceed That of the Scribes and Pharisees"

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Feb.5 at 11:00 AM the message "Your Righteousness Must Exceed That of the Scribes and Pharisees" was delivered at Gratia Community Church in Sioux Falls.  This message was taken from Mat 5:17-20, 13:52, 23:23-28, Rom 6:1-18, 8:1-4, Jer 31:31-34 and II Cor 5:17.

The minister taught the right attitude of believers towards the Law and the gospel. Through the message, members got to understand the connection between Law and the gospel and the proper path they should take. "When the disciples heard the teachings of grace and forgiveness, they had confusion inside: is the Law abolished? Can I no longer observe the Law? To this question arose among them, Jesus gave a clear answer: unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. Through Jesus Christ, that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us (Romans 8:4). He has come not to abolish but to fulfill," she delivered.

The believers become new creatures when they were saved.  Now that they have a new nature they are able to be more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees.  Not only does the new nature give them the ability to obey and be free from sin, but it also provides them with the desire to do so because they are motivated by the love of God.  Now they can be righteous in their hearts as well as continuing to do the outward righteous acts.  The scribes and Pharisees did not keep the law in their hearts, but the believer can.  He can be so both inwardly and outwardly.  Though Jesus paid for Christians' sins on the cross and they are saved by grace, he still expects them to sin no more.  He still expects them to live clean lives.  The law was a first baby step in bringing man back to God.  The gospel is meant to bring him to a higher level of right standing with God.

One sister shared her own story and experience, "I got saved when I was young. But I did not understand the importance of keeping the words of God. As the sermon says, there was no root under my faith. I did not know I should keep the law even though I was saved. I wondered and did so many things I should not do...though I kept coming back to Christ and asked forgiveness, my life was miserable, worse than non-believers. It's so true, the Law was not abolished, as believers, we should observe the words of God well."

Another returned member brought her grandson to church for the first time. Ministers and the members blessed him and dedicated him to God by prayers. A senior sister served church family a very delicious meal. They shared and encouraged with one another to keep walking this path faithfully. Please keep praying for Sioux Falls mission to be advanced by the fire of Holy Spirit.