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Grace and Truth in My Life

October 5, 2014 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: A Community of Grace and Truth

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 1:14

John 1:14 NIV

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Celebrating Grace

The heart of God toward us is a heart of grace. Grace is love for the unlovable. Grace is acceptance for the undeserving. Grace is everlasting goodness toward you, not because of what you’ve done, but in spite of what you’ve done. Grace is unconditional—there are no strings attached. Grace is both humbling and freeing. Grace is being fully known, warts and all, and yet also still being fully loved.

1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Ignoring Grace

Ignoring grace (legalism) is the belief that my moral effort (apart from Jesus) will be good enough to earn God’s acceptance. So if I’m nice enough, if I help others enough, if I work hard enough at being a good person, God will weigh all that in my favor and it will be enough to overcome all my flaws and failures.

Romans 3:20-22 NIV

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

Abusing Grace

Abusing grace (license) is the belief that once I’m accepted by God because of Jesus, there doesn't need to be any kind of effort on my part after that. I get throw my life into cruise control and basically do whatever I want. After all, it’s “all grace, no effort,” right? God loves me just the way I am, so I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing.

Romans 6:1-2 NIV

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Growing in Grace

Growing in grace (liberty) is God's Spirit empowering my effort to become more like Jesus. I work not to become accepted by God, but because I am accepted by God. This effort is motivated by grace, flowing out of my gratitude and love for God.

1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

2 Peter 3:18 NIV

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

How We Grow

We help foster growth in our lives by “what we’re taking in” and “what we’re giving out.” Spiritual health is a lot like physical health—it all comes down to diet and exercise. And we need them both. By doing these things, we create the conditions for God to work in us and through us.

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