GRACE

The Condition of Humanity: Because of the fall (Genesis 3), we are more sinful than we could ever imagine (Jeremiah 17:9). Not only have we been corrupted by Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12-19), but we are also responsible for our own sin. Our nature, in its now corrupted state, not only will not choose to obey the Gospel, it is unable to do so (Romans 3:9-20, 8:5-8). We all are sinners desperately needing God’s grace.

The Initiative of God, the Father: Because of our inherent brokenness and sin, we need our God to pursue us, which He certainly does. Why does He do this? Because, while we are more sinful than we could ever imagine, we are also more loved than we had ever dreamed! In His grace, God takes the initiative in establishing a relationship with us, reaches down, captures our heart, and invites us into a love relationship with Himself (John 6:37-39, II Thessalonians 2:13-14).
The Work of Jesus, the Son: God provided the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. (John 10:14-15, Ephesians 5:25-27). The death of Jesus was a fully effective act of redemption in which we are now called the beloved sons and daughters of the living God.

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit: Through the Holy Spirit, God is in the business of transforming lives. The Holy Spirit does this by convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ and by capturing our hearts with the love and mercy of God (Ezekiel 36:25-27). The Spirit of God opens our eyes to the beauty of Jesus Christ (John 6:44-45, Philippians 2:13) and of His grace and affection to our souls.

The Promise of the Gospel: He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it (Phil. 1:6) Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God has promised His love for you — and He will keep that promise. No matter your failure, no matter your struggle, He will never let you go. The Gospel is not about “believing in Jesus and then keeping your moral, ethical or theological ducks in a row”. We don’t become perfect just because we are followers of Jesus. Rather, we seek to conform our lives to His holiness out of gratitude for His affection for us. None of us will do this perfectly, most of us will often not even do this very well, but the grace of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus sustains us.

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