This Changes Everything
This Changes Everything (11/28)
"This Changes Everything"
(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
Grace: charis (greek): That which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good will, lovingkindness, favor; thanks.
We believe in the scandalous grace of God.
Grace is outrageously unfair, ridiculously extravagant,
and unashamedly the center of the gospel,
and it sure beats judgmental-ism, legalism,
and all other isms as well!
Grace always gives second chances, third chances, and never stops giving chances. Grace has Jesus written all over it.
Grace makes people nervous; because they are always so worried someone is going to take advantage of it.
But that’s what we like about grace.
You can take advantage of it.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is found in Luke 15. Try reading it in The Message translation so that you might read it in a new way. Jesus’ most famous, and least understood teachings. The hidden treasure is that the good father shows grace to both sons, neither of whom got it right or did anything to deserve it.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that at all times, in all things, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“The what ABOUTs, the what IFs,
do not change or impact the what IS.”
“For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! So no one will ever be able to boast, for salvation is never a reward for good works or human striving.”
Ephesians 2:8-9, TPT
“What a person desires is unfailing love…” Proverbs 19:22, NIV
“But we had to celebrate because…”
“We had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
Because God celebrates,
first and foremost,
In God’s story, YOU are the focus of the celebration.
It’s a better story.
It’s a true story.
It’s a story of grace.
The grace of God!