"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
2nd and 4th Tuesdays. 7PM
I believe the concept of grace is probably well understood by followers of Christ. I also believe the reality of grace is maybe not so well understood. Forgiveness from the Father is offered in complete grace.
In [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. Ephesians 1:7
We have done nothing nor can we do anything to deserve or earn the free forgiveness God gives us. He does so because He is love – it is His very nature. In other words, it is the perfectly natural thing for God to do. It is effortless for Him. And He demonstrated it amazingly through the death of Jesus.
Sin stood between us and God like an infinite grand canyon would between a wanderer and an oasis. God’s great love built a span over that divide to allow us to come to eternal water and life. He did not do what would be fair, instead chose to give grace.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Christianity is unique in that it is the only religion that requires no works from its adherents. In fact, it is disallowed.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
We simply cannot bring any plea, pay any price, or make any bargain with God. He doesn’t do deals. He just gives.
“OK,” you say, “I hear you! But what about faith and obedience and ministry and tithing…”
Let me be blunt friends. If you are bringing anything to the bargaining desk with God, you’re at the wrong desk. The grace area doesn’t have a business desk. Only a reception area.
Our behavior, actions, accomplishments, and accolades are no better than garbage in the light of what we are offered. Leave them at the curb.
And because of this same grace, none of us has done anything so bad to make the offer any less radical. Forget it. Grace triumphs!
Just come in and receive the free gift – no purchase necessary. Grace plus anything is no longer grace, by definition.
This is so radical we can hardly take it in. But I spent many days bringing my offering to receive God’s favor. And I see it happening still all the time. We have nothing of value to God except our hearts. And that is His treasure.
If you will let God put that in your renewed mind and heart and receive it simply, it will change everything for you.
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116:5-7
And then, you will be excited to pass it on to others. You won’t be able to help yourself. But you have to receive it before you try to give it.
I am praying that we all have clear eyes to see how amazing this grace really is. More than we have thought.
We believe that there is nothing more important to man than to be reconciled to God through His Son. We want to know Jesus more and more and to help others do likewise. We desire to be obedient and Christlike by being doers of the Word and not just hearers only (James 1:22). We want to be salt and light to the world by following the Luke 4 mandate where Jesus describes His ministry. We will seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit at all times as He leads us into the specifics of our ministry work. We will work from our Spiritual gifts and calling with a servant attitude doing all of this to bring glory to God and not ourselves. And we will be intentional in working to resolve spiritual, relational, and material poverty in our community and anywhere else where we may have influence.
God is Faithful
It's always a thrill to welcome new followers of Jesus into His Kingdom. We have had that experience twice in the past month or so. Please pray with us as we now encourage and disciple together to understand the deep love and grace of our wonderful Heavenly Father.
Your faithful prayer and contributions keep us operating. You are the support system, used by God, to keep us afloat and encouraged. Thank you so very much and be blessed.
We are excited to offer Discovering My Ministry again on Saturday, September 28th, from 8:30AM to 3PM. This class teaches your SHAPE: Spiritual gift(s); Heart (your call to ministry); Abilities; Personality; and Experiences. When you are made aware of these attributes, you can literally KNOW your purpose in life.
Friends, this understanding has completely transformed my life and the lives of many others. When we are confidently walking in God's will for us, we are in the proper place to experience abundant life.
We have space for about 20 people to participate in this class. There is no cost and it will include all materials plus continental breakfast and lunch.
Make plans now to be a part of this wonderful day. I will need to know you are coming so please reply to me (Bobby@1Twenty2.com) with your name, phone number, and email address. If you have taken the class, please tell your friends and invite them to be a part of this offering in September!
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