Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.
“Grace is love that cares & stoops & rescues.”
“Grace is God reaching downward to us
who are in rebellion against Him.”
“Grace is radical love toward all who don’t deserve it.”
Grace is most needed grace is best understood
in the midst of sin, suffering, and brokenness.
We live in a world of earning, deserving & merit,
But that results in judgment.
That is why everyone wants & needs grace.
Judgment kills. Only grace makes alive.
A shorthand for what grace is – “mercy, not merit.”
Grace is the opposite of karma,
karma is all about getting what we deserve.
Grace is getting what we don’t deserve,
and not getting what we do deserve.
Jesus teaches that what we deserve is death
with no hope of resurrection.
And desperately we need grace in our hopelessness.
Grace is about God:
Grace is Christ’s un-coerced initiative
Grace is Jesus pervasive, extravagant demonstrations
of care and favor.
Michael Horton writes:
In grace, God gives nothing less than Himself.
Grace is the substance that mediates between
God and sinners, through Jesus in delivering action.
We’re all alive every day based on the grace of God.
We receive forgiveness according to the riches of God’s grace,
Grace drives our salvation our separation & sanctification.
Paul tells us,
the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation for all people,
training us to renounce ungodliness
teaching us to reject earthly passions,
transforming us to live self-controlled, lives in Christ
Spiritual growth is a process
It doesn’t happen overnight;
we “grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ”
2 Peter 2:18
Grace transfigures our desires, motivations, and behavior.
Grace is the basis for:
Our identity: “By the grace of God I am what I am.”
1 Corinthians 1:10
Our standing before God:
this grace in which we stand.
We behaved in the life … by the grace of God.
2 Corinthians 2:12
those who receive the abundance of grace
and the free gift of righteousness reign in life
through the one man Jesus Christ,”
Romans 5:17 by the “grace of life.”
1 Peter 1:7
God; called us to a holy calling …
because of His own purpose and grace.
2 Timothy 2:9
Our strength for living:
Be strengthened by the grace that is in Jesus Christ
2 Timothy 2:12
it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace
Our way of speaking:
Let your speech always be gracious.
serve one another, by God’s varied grace.
1 Peter 1:10
Gods grace is sufficient for us.
2 Corinthians 2:9
God is able to make all grace abound to us,
so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times,
We may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 2:8
In our response to difficulty and suffering:
We get “grace to help in time of need,”
and when “we have suffered a little while,
the God of all grace…
and establish us.
by His grace
1 Peter 1:10
We are recipients of grace
we are privileged to serve as agents of grace.
We receive grace
We are encouraged to continue in grace
We are called to testify to the grace of God
Jesus says, “As the Father has sent Me,
even so I am sending you” by grace
God, and his grace, is everlasting.
We Set our hope fully on the grace that is
brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13
Grace [reigns] through righteousness leading
to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The voice of God’s Spirit through God’s Word
is all about God’s grace through Jesus Christ.
This is “the good news of the grace of God”
and “the word of his grace”