Sermons on Grace
Have you ever had a gift so special you did not know how to respond? In our continued teaching of the epistle to the Ephesians, Paul switches gears from who we are in Christ to how we walk in light of the unbelievable gift God has given us in Christ.
The cross was a symbol of savage brutality and intimidation and in Jesus sacrifice He changed it to be a symbol of enduring love and faithful hope.
Do not grow weary in doing good. Restore in the spirit of gentleness. We need to have an accurate understanding of sin and not be condemning about it. Mend each other.
Does your life represent works of the flesh or fruits of the Spirit. What we produce shows what we are. We should be growing healthy fruit, Paul tells us to Walk by the Spirit and grow fruit of the Spirit. Jesus changes everything.
You who feel justified by the law must live all the law. You who pick and choose parts of faith, act as your own gods. Let God be God. Live in the freedom He gave us in Grace, not freedom in the flesh.
David delighted in the Law, for he knew how lost we were before God gave the Law as a guide. But Jesus completes the Law and offers us freedom from the slavery of legalism and freedom from sin. This relationship is superior. Why go back to slavery?
We are made to worship and if it is not God it will be something else, including our selves. But only God will satisfy. All idols leave us enslaved. Find freedom in the fulfilling worship of Jesus.
Why the Law in light of Grace? God gave a Promise thought the covenant the Law was our guide and the promise fulfilled in Jesus.
Faith preceded the law. It is not by following rules that we are redeemed it is by faith. What is your faith growth plan?
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
How is your walk with the Lord. Let me tell you about a time when Peter needed some correction from Paul about drifting from a message of Grace and falling into the trap of rules and works. The Gospel should effect how we live (humble, graceful an in truth) not bound to a set of rules.
We all have a testimony, a user review if you will. Paul’s testimony is all about the Grace of Jesus and how Paul’s chief purpose is to glorify HIM. What moments in your life were “only God could do that” moments?