Our approach at Cedar Street is to be a church family who maintains a sweet balance of grace and truth modeled by Christ himself.
John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This means that if Jesus is God in human flesh who is committed to revealing the truth of God to us by also being a channel of grace towards us, we also need to model both grace and truth to the world as His committed followers.
In truth, we stand unashamedly under the authority of every verse of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. In grace, we share that truth with love and patience as God’s Spirit works to secretly transform the souls of His people. We believe these concepts of grace and truth are not contradictory but complimentary, and they serve as bookends of how we approach all ministry.
As author Randy Alcorn states in his book The Grace and Truth Paradox, “When a musical instrument’s strings go loose, it sounds awful. But you can also overtighten the strings, breaking them or creating discord. There’s a perfect tension to grace and truth, which makes the gospel’s music.”
This idea of pursuing grace and truth is challenging but not impossible. It is God’s will for us to be representatives of both grace and truth to the world because His Son was the perfect reflection and full measure of both. Perhaps it was the early church father Saint Augustine who gave us the most practical advice we can find for applying both grace and truth in our daily church life when he stated, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”