Last night our house was the venue for a church housegroup. About ten of us squeezed into our front room to chat through the opening verses of Ephesians Chapter 2. I tend to move from one house group to another week by week and on each occasion try to keep well out of it, letting the group do their thing, working on the basis that I'll learn a lot more about how everything works for them (or not) if I shut up.
Last night I failed.
Maybe it was because it was in my front room but my tongue I did not hold.
Somehow the discussion came to repentance and forgiveness (not that unusual for a church housegroup) but here's the thing: which comes first.
Are we forgiven by God, an encoutner with whose grace then calls us to repent,
or is God's grace waiting for us to respond and we are unforgiven until we repent?
Needless to say I found myself in a different place from many of the others and so i wondered what any of you might think?
This is not a go at theology by democracy, I'm just curious.