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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

Brokenness

Timothy Swigart

We see brokenness all around us. Our government, institutions and families reflect brokenness. Every aspect of life is less than what we had hoped it would be. Brokenness is undeniable. So what is one to do?

Every major world religion attempts to answer the questions of brokenness. People across the globe are trying in one way or another to overcome the brokenness they feel. So what separates Christianity's approach to brokenness from all other approaches?

Christians understand that they are hopelessly broken and cannot do anything to fix the mess. Most of us know this, because we've tried very hard to fix the mess ourselves. God also knows that we're hopelessly broken - unable to save ourselves. So, He sent His Son Jesus to save us. You see, our sin and brokenness deserves to be punished by a just and holy God. We owe a debt. Jesus came to pay that debt for us. He was punished in our place for the sins we have committed. He then rose from the dead conquering death (the end result of brokenness) once and for all.

Christians, therefore, place their faith in the accomplished work of Jesus. We believe we have been forgiven when we ask (1 John 1:9) in faith. We accept the fact that we can do nothing to save ourselves; we receive the gift God has given us through His Son's sacrifice on our behalf. When we repent (change the orientation of our lives away from ourselves and towards God), we are free to pursue God's design for our lives. His design is perfect in its beauty.

So, do you feel broken? Would you like to pursue a better design for this world? Contact me through this website and we can talk about it. Or, stop by one of our small groups meeting throughout the week. Don't let brokenness consume you - let God begin to fix the mess.