Gracepoint is a church located 6 blocks from the UC Berkeley campus. We have various ministries for college students, working professionals, singles, couples, youth and children. Whether you are new to Christianity, looking for Christian fellowship, or a tight knit Christian community, we invite you to check us out!
When God calls Abraham to leave his country, his kindred, and his father’s house to go to the land he will show him, all Abraham has to cling on to are words and promises. But that is all that Abraham needs, so he goes. God is going to be with Abraham and is going to be totally loyal to Abraham. In this message, we look at faith in terms of Abraham’s trust in God’s promise and how God stays true to his promise to bless Abraham and turn him into a source of blessing for all the nations.
Jesus tells a story of a Pharisee and a tax collector going to the temple to pray. The Pharisee prays a prayer of thanksgiving that he is unlike others, especially the tax collector. The tax collector prays for mercy because he’s a sinner. Jesus explains that it’s the tax collector, not the Pharisee, who went home justified. As the Pharisee focuses on the ways that he is different from others, he misses more of reality and fails to see the depths of his being that he shares with others.
There was a man in Jericho named Zacchaeus who was the chief tax collector and rich, but also short in stature. His shortness in stature was not just indicative of his height but indicative of a more common experience of feeling “short” and inadequate. And like Zacchaeus, we all feel short in some ways and put on masks to cover ourselves. How Jesus welcomes and responds to Zacchaeus tells us so much of how we are known and loved by God.