Tag: grace

Real fellowship

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Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren’t rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice.

Rick Warren

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Thriving not just surviving

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Just as an enduring marriage must be built on rhythms and routines, so to our relationship with God survives and thrives only through disciplines such as Bible Study, fellowship, confession and prayer. Otherwise, says bible translator Eugene Peterson, “we are at the mercy of glands and weather and indigestion. And there is no mercy in any of them.” A Christian who prays only when they feel like it may survive but they will never thrive. Their vast innate potential will be stunted because grace needs a little space to take root between the cracks of a person’s life.

Pete Greig

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Grace leads to steak!

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 A young Billy Graham was driving through a small southern town, when he was pulled over by a policeman and charged with speeding. Graham admitted his guilt, but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court. At first, the judge did not recognise Graham. He asked, “Guilty, or not guilty?” When Graham pleaded guilty, the judge replied, “That’ll be ten dollars — a dollar for every mile you went over the limit.” Suddenly, the judge recognised the famous minister. “You have violated the law,” he said. “The fine must be paid–but I am going to pay it for you.” He took a ten dollar bill from his own wallet, attached it to the ticket, and then took Graham out and bought him a steak dinner!” Later, Billy Graham said, “That is how God treats repentant sinners! My story is a story of true grace!” If you can understand that simple story, then you can understand this morning’s message.

Billy Graham - American Evangelist 1918-2018

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Last act not the determining one

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For example, suppose tonight, in my physical weariness, the remaining corruption in my born-again, Christian heart were to get the upper hand, and pride and self-pity and anger were to lash out verbally at my wife. And then suppose that in a great self-justifying huff, I stormed out of the door, got in the car, bolted carelessly through the stop sign on 18th Avenue and was broadsided by a truck and killed in an instant? Would I go to heaven?

Unless I have been a hypocrite through all these last fifty-five years of my Christian life, the answer is yes. For these reasons: 1) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for my sins and bore the wrath of God in my place so that all my sins might be forgiven. 2) Jesus Christ lived a perfect life of obedience so that by his obedience many sinners could be counted righteous, including me. 3) This sacrifice and this righteousness become mine by faith alone when I trust Jesus as the Lord and Savior and Treasure of my life. 4) This trust is embattled till the day I die, with seasons of strength and seasons of weakness, seasons of darkness and seasons of light. 5) If the last season is so dark that I die by my own sin, that season is not the only season that God takes into account when he presents the evidence that my faith was real.

John Piper

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Continual forgiveness

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Nicky GumbelThe blood of Jesus continually cleanses you in the same way that the combination of your liver and your physical blood continually cleanses your physical body.

The only requirement is that you admit that you have sinned and confess your sins.

Keep short accounts with God. When you sin, quickly confess, repent and receive God’s cleansing. Get up and keep going.

Nicky Gumbel - UK Vicar, Alpha Course (1955- )

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The new covenant

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Paul BarnettMoses epoch has now passed; it is gone forever, overtaken by the new age of Christ and the Spirit. The new missionaries hopelessly attempt to turn the clock back. But it is too late. The new covenant of Christ, in which Paul is a minister, imparts the Spirit to the inner recess of the heart and brings a new creation.

Paul Barnett

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