We are about grace. Scandalous grace.
Genesis chapter 3 describes mankind’s dilemma after the Fall and our need for recovery. This same chapter also clearly communicates God’s plan to redeem man to Himself through the Gospel.
Route1520 is built on the firm belief that individuals cannot change through mere willpower or simply learning Biblical principles and trying to carry them out. We believe that change takes place in community as we take the Gospel of Jesus Christ more deeply into our understanding and into our hearts. This process is a journey and not a quick-fix formula.
Route1520 gets its name from the passage in Luke 15:20 where Luke records,
“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
The well-known Parable of the Two Sons provides the backdrop that we use to clearly communicate God’s scandalous love for His children and also the two primary ways our unbelief shows up: through legalism and licentiousness. Our ministry, like Jesus’ parable, seeks to demonstrate that both the irreligious and the religious life-paths are dead ends and that a new route is needed altogether. Like the two brothers in the parable, we also resent our Father’s authority and seek ways of getting out from under it. Some rebel by being very bad and others rebel by being extremely good. The result is the same…we need recovery and a radical encounter with the Gospel.