Sunday Collectives 7/11/16 – 7/17/16
One often hears about “easy or cheap grace” from those who say, “If you preach grace without a focus on how we should be obedient or holy then you cheapen God’s grace.” Perhaps this may not be what you hear, maybe it will sound something like this “If you are always preaching grace you may give those listening the feeling they can go on sinning and thus make grace easy or cheap.”
By Chad Bird
It has been a violent, heartbreaking four weeks in America.
On June 12, in the worst mass shooting in modern American history, forty nine people were murdered inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. These past few days, we have seen the graphic video of Alton Sterling shot by police in Baton Rouge, and watched with horror as Philando Castile bled to death inside his car after a police officer put four bullets in him. And just last night, in downtown Dallas, five officers were gunned down, and at least six more wounded, during a protest against police.
It’s our prayer that in these quotes others may know or be reminded of the wonderful mercy and love that is ours when walking in God’s Grace.
- If we are experiencing feelings of guilt, feelings of being a failure, like we are not meeting a standard somewhere, letting someone down or feeling like all of life is about to unravel or we are about to drop the ball, we need to check ourselves, because somewhere God’s law has taken a bite out of us.
- The changes the gospel brings may not be immediately noticeable, but it is impossible to be brought near to encounter the Living God Almighty, accept Christ as your Saviour, no longer be God’s enemies, become the apple of God’s eye, have the Holy Spirit take up residence in oneself and not be changed.
Acts 17:27 (NIV) God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
How many of us struggle daily with just sitting in Gods presence and its even worst when things are going good however when we find things aren’t going so good we find we need Him right then and there so we begin to sit in His presence.
I know that I myself used to do this and at times, still do. There’s times I get so busy with day to day activities that I forget the most important moment of the day, the time I need with my King.
The gospel alone does not lead to good works in a believers life – This is both true and not true.
If all one preached was good news and never gave any of the instructions of the Bible, or if one ignored the instructions or the law of scripture, one may find themselves unable to know what to do or what one should do with the good news. So, in that regard it is absolutely true. Having said that though, if one preaches a gospel that is mixed with commands, law, instructions and things to do, one may find themselves unable to appreciate the gospel or really know the demands of the law.
This is a three part series as we take a look at what the words law and gospel mean. In May, we looked at what the law is Starting with this post and over the next two months, we will take a good look at what the gospel is. One thing we need to remember, is that the gospel does not stop at making a decision to get our ticket to paradise, but carries us all the way through till we cash out that ticket in paradise.
The deeper we go into understanding the gospel and the riches of God’s grace, we discover that the gospel is not just any good news or the other words of God that are not law, but the words of God that lift the weight of the law from us, and gives us an answer for the law when it accuses us, and hope when it judges us and reminds us that we are sinners. It serves as a constant source of life, as it reminds us what has been done in order that we might be returned to our original purpose, which is to worship and glorify God.